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

8/20/2021 7:13:42 PM
Ruth 2:1-3,8-11; 4:13-17 / Ps. 127:1-2,3,4-5 / Mt. 23:1-12 (Ps Wk IV)

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Ruth was a shining example of loyalty and faithful love, which are also the qualities of God. She gave up everything to follow and care for her mother-in-law Naomi. Her outstanding qualities won her the respect of Boaz, whom she eventually married. She became the mother of Obed, who was the grandfather of King David. That also made her the ancestor of Jesus, as we see in Matthew's genealogy. This was despite the fact that she was not an Israelite but from Moab. When we live in faithfulness, love, and integrity, we bestow blessings on generations not yet born. Our goodness goes on forever.

Jesus seldom lost his temper and rarely condemned anyone. But he made an exception when those in authority dominated others and made life miserable for them. He condemned those who heaped rules and regulations on others but did nothing to help ease their burdens. This happens in all religions in every age, so the Pharisees were not exceptional.

Pope Francis has warned us repeatedly of this danger and has tried to help others in their struggles. Jesus also warned against giving away our freedom and our minds and hearts to others. There is only one real teacher - Jesus. When we blindly follow the words and directions of others, we have given up our birthright as Christians. Let us seek and listen to the inner voice of the Lord Jesus, our teacher, friend, and spiritual guide. We are never alone.

Lord, be my Teacher and Guide.   

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8月21日 ( 六 ) 常年期第二十週  教宗聖比約十世(紀念)

盧德傳 2:1-3,8-11;4:13-17
聖詠 128[127]:1-2,3,4,5
瑪竇福音 23:1-12

在困頓無助中的人,要靠甚麼才能熬過黑夜,重見光明?今天讀經中記載的盧德,就提供了一個好例子。她在丈夫死後仍對婆母不離不棄,甚至願意告別家園,陪她回鄉相依為命。沒想到她的德行贏得波阿次的好感,願意娶她為妻,並誕下子嗣,二傳至達味,為救恩史寫下重要一頁。盧德的苦盡甘來,首先建基於愛心:不忍拋下年老無依的婆母。然後是勇氣:無懼離鄉背井,在一無所有中掙扎求存。亦在這時候她信奉了天主,從中獲得力量。當然少不了那「有錢有勢」的波阿次,懂得欣賞她的德行,給她帶來新生。

「有錢有勢」很多時帶著貶義,因為很多人為保住已有的財勢,常做出違背公義良知的事,但波阿次不是這樣的人。今天彌撒中紀念的教宗聖比約十世出身貧寒,幼時牧羊為生,也是靠了一位富有的鄰居全力資助,才得以完成學業,加入修院。所以說,有財勢的人只要懷著善心,可以為人帶來莫大福祉。

主,我必緊記祢的話:凡貶抑自己的,必被高舉。

(theology.org.hk)
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