21 Sep Tue, St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist - Feast

9/20/2021 5:53:43 PM
Eph. 4:1-7,11-13 / Ps. 18:2-3,4-5 / Mt. 9:9-13 (Ps Wk I)

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In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul exhorts his readers to lead lives worthy of their Christian calling. He calls upon them to preserve the unity of the Spirit. This unity, where they form the Body of Christ, is manifested in their hope in the one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God. In this Body, each individual has been given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. In addition, it is Christ who has given the church its leaders. They are responsible for equipping the holy ones for ministry, that is, for service and the upbuilding of Christ's body, as well as the formation of perfect and mature persons, wholly grown in the fullness of Christ.

When Jesus called the tax collector, Matthew, and dined with other tax collectors and sinners, he did so for three reasons. Firstly, it is the spiritually sick who need him. Secondly, he came to show God's mercy. Thirdly, he came to call sinners to conversion. In other words, Jesus demonstrated a radical newness by which a person has to be viewed. Mercy defines Jesus' messianic mission. He comes to invite sinners and those who think they are excluded from the banquet of mercy. The 'righteous' do not need a special invitation since they know the Scriptures so well. Today, we celebrate the feast of Matthew, and we are reminded once again that God, through Christ and in the Spirit, is constantly calling and bringing His people together. God's invitation is open to everyone willing to listen and live according to His will.

Lord, grant me the grace to accept Your invitation to follow Your Son, Jesus.  

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9月21日 ( 二 ) 聖瑪竇(宗徒、聖史)慶日

厄弗所書 4:1-7,11-13
聖詠 19[18]:2-3,4-5
瑪竇福音 9:9-13

耶穌請法利塞人去研究一下「我喜歡仁愛勝過祭獻」是甚麼意思,法利塞人一定感到憤憤不平。他們一生研讀聖經,應該很清楚撒烏耳的過失和眾先知的訓誡,但實際上他們卻喜歡祭獻勝過仁愛。因為祭獻是有形的行動,只要按足規矩去做就不會出錯。但仁愛是無形的情操,需要很大的付出,卻未必有任何回報。他們掌權日久,開始把自己看成法律的化身,凡他們認為是錯的,就施以無情的打擊。他們失去了愛的能力,以為只要對罪人作出羞辱和封鎖,罪惡就能徹底消除。他們已忘記了自己其實也是罪人;他們已忘記了所有人,包括罪人,都是天主按自己的肖像而造成的,都分享著天主那一視同仁的愛。

耶穌來召叫罪人,並強調愛主愛人才是最根本的誡律。在祂愛的感召下,稅吏和妓女能皈依正道,連獲得法律授權去殘酷打壓信徒的掃祿,也能轉化成至死護教的宗徒。這就是愛的力量,足以讓人擺脫罪惡的掌控。

主,我願遠離罪惡,捨棄一切跟隨祢。聖瑪竇,為我等祈。

(theology.org.hk)
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