21 Jun Sun - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

6/20/2020 11:43:54 AM
Jer. 20:10-13 / Ps. 69(68):8-10,14,17,33-35 / Rom. 5:12-15 / Mt. 10:26-33 (Ps Wk IV)

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There are moments in life when we are entirely helpless, and there is nothing to restore hope in us. The worst is when we even lose sight of the divine. That is when we think that we are fighting a lone battle. And more often than not, we blame people and circum-stances outside us. The first reading stands as an exam-ple of such a moment. Slowly we begin to think that our consolation lies in the destruction of the enemy. In such moments, we may cry to God: 'would it spoil some vast eternal plan if things did go my way at least some times'?

But God's ways are very different' God chooses to bring down rain on both the good and the bad, decides to make the first last and the last first. If that is so, then it requires abundant grace to look at reality from the eyes of the divine.

Lord, we believe that grace abounds where sin abounds. Even when circumstances are depressing, give us the grace to find Your hand guiding us and thus find hope. Bless us with all the faith, hope and love which we need to look beyond life's challenges. 
     

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6月21日( 日 )   常年期第十二主日

耶肋米亞先知書 20:10-13
聖詠 69[68]:8-10,14,17,33-35
羅馬書 5:12-15瑪竇福音 10:26-33

耶肋米亞預見了即將降臨猶太人身上的苦難:一直享有的自由,馬上就要蕩然無存,往後只能在巴比倫的統治下任人魚肉。他為此四出奔走,大聲疾呼,試圖挽回國破家亡的厄運。可惜猶在夢中的同胞未為所動,反而嘲笑他,斥責他造謠生事,要對他提出控訴。活在這威逼、屈辱、絕望之中,唯有依靠對主的信賴,才令他獲得勇氣,繼續堅守先知職務,凡四十年之久。

同樣的一份信德,令保祿一語道破生命的指向。他明白到:一人的罪惡,足以令死亡殃及眾人。但他更希望眾人記取:一人的恩寵,能讓大家跨越死亡,獲得更大的喜樂。與其終日糾纏於罪惡中,不如將心神投向基督的光照下,領受那份無人可奪去的平安。畢竟我們有能力和責任,在有生之年去維持自己靈魂的潔淨。耶穌再三勸慰我們不要害怕,只要常存信德,履行真道,日後定能在主的懷抱中享受永福。

上主,在困厄的時日,我求救於祢。我深信祢必按祢深厚的仁慈,眷顧我。


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