21 Aug Fri - 20th Week in Ordinary Time St Pius X, Pope

8/22/2020 1:29:51 PM
Ez. 37:1-14 / Ps. 106:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9 /Mt. 22:34-40 (Ps Wk IV)

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In the Gospel today, Jesus teaches us that the greatest commandment is love. But the Scribes and Pharisees forgetting the real spirit behind the Ten Commandments were laying heavy emphasis on the letter of the law of the Commandments.

The Commandments were given to establish our loving relationship with God and with one another. But the people failed to understand this loving relationship and were stuck only with the letter of the law. As a consequence, the law was not able to affect the inner transformation in the lives of the people.

Knowing this fact very well Jesus summarises all the Ten Commandments and the teaching of the prophets as loving God and loving our neighbour. Jesus gives equal importance to the relationship with God, which is the vertical dimension and our neighbour, which is the horizontal dimension.

We find these two dimensions perfectly combined and blended in the person of Jesus Himself. His faithful love for His Father was expressed by His dying on the Cross for our salvation, that is, our love for God and God's love for us. Christianity is a religion of relationships. Our relationship with God and with our neighbour adds meaning to our lives.

Lord Jesus, help us to blend the vertical and horizontal dimensions of our relationships as You did. 
   

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8月21日( 五 )   常年期第二十週   聖比約十世(教宗)

厄則克耳先知書 37:1-14
聖詠 107[106]:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9
瑪竇福音 22:34-40

厄則克耳的預言充滿豐富的意象:他走在布滿骨頭的平原上,那些骨頭本來是指當時正在充軍中瀕臨絕望的猶太百姓,如今堪可代表在世界各地受盡苦難壓逼的人民。再細看天主使人復生的過程:「給骨頭放上筋,加上肉,包上皮,把氣息注入」。筋既有助骨頭的結合,同時也提供了活動的能力,就好比信念令我們軟弱的軀體堅強起來,足以奮起抵抗。肉長在筋骨外,發揮著保護作用,愈強壯的肌肉愈能保護筋骨,猶如意志讓信念不致動搖,經過磨鍊而愈顯頑強的意志,更能令信念屹立不倒。皮既提供了最外層的保護,同時也是人與人接觸的中介,我們亦需要用正直善良來把自己包裹,好能減少人與人之間的衝突。最後亦是最關鍵性的:天主注入的一口氣息!缺乏這氣息的話,人只不過是行屍走肉。這股氣息就是愛。全賴這份愛,人與人才能建立起互相依存的團體,生命才能彰顯出應有的價值。

主,感謝祢讓我心中有愛,願我能時常以愛還愛。


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