21 Jul Wed, 16th Week in Ordinary Time. St Lawrence of Brindisi, priest & doctor

7/20/2021 2:22:54 PM
Ex. 16:1-5,9-15 / Ps. 77:18-19,23-24,25-26,27-28 / Mt. 13:1-9 (Ps Wk IV)

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Even after the many signs and wonders, God revealed that the Israelites still lacked faith during the Exodus. When the excitement had worn off, and they found themselves in a hostile environment without much food and water, they began to complain and doubt. It is easy to be prayerful and faith-filled when everything goes well, but we can feel alone and helpless when facing tough challenges. Many lose their faith during bad times, feeling bitterness towards God. God provided the Israelites with manna and quail - just enough for each day. This taught them to trust, for they were not to store up food except on the day before Sabbath. God gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want.

Why do some people respond to the Word of God with faith and transformed lives, while others seem uninterested or unable to persevere? The Parable of the sower tells all: the seed is sown equally on all; its growth depends on the soil's quality. The seed must be nourished and tended. Soil that is hard and lacking nutrients will prevent the seed from taking root and growing. Shallow soil will not sustain much growth. Rich, deep soil yields a bountiful crop. So, it is with us - what sort of soil do we provide for the seed of God's Word/Prayer? Good works, kindness, and service provide the perfect nutrients. A fruitful spiritual harvest depends on our cooperation with God.

Lord, may Your Word yield a rich harvest in my soul.    

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7月21日 ( 三 ) 常年期第十六週

出谷紀 16:1-5,9-15
聖詠 78:18-19,23-24,25-26,27-28
瑪竇福音 13:1-9

撒種的比喻形象生動地提醒我們,對於天主聖言,固然不應過後即忘,就算已聽進心裏,也不可以讓個人的私欲偏情將其掩蓋。唯有帶著渴慕之心,將聖言反覆思索,再從生活中實踐,這才得以成全。在現實世界裏,有時會看到在危崖絕嶺上孤零零地屹立著一株蒼松。當初那顆種子是如何發芽生長的?有時看到水泥地的縫隙中,冒出株株綠草,甚至綻放燦爛的雛菊。它們雖然無法結成百倍的果實,但頑強的生命力也教人動容。從比喻的角度看,那些就是在逆境中孕育出來的信德,縱然在絕望中也能看到希望,抓緊那固有不變的對主的依賴,最終還是克服艱難困境,活出精彩的生命。

回頭再看讀經中記載的以色列人,在重獲自由後不足三個月,就因眼前的窘迫而抱怨。唯有靠天主繼續的眷顧,成為他們力量的泉源,在曠野中堅持著信德的傳承。今天面對著威脅全球的困境,就看我們有多大的決心去信靠天主,贏取新生。

上主,求祢讓祢的話在我心中結出百倍的果實。

(theology.org.hk)
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