23 Aug Sun - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

8/22/2020 4:12:08 PM
Is. 22:19-23 / Ps. 137:1-3,6,8 /Rom. 11:33-36 / Mt. 16:13-20 (Ps Wk I)

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It is easy to be discouraged or cynical in the face of corruption and abuse of power. Isaiah insisted that God was about to pull down one such corrupt official from his position of power and install someone willing to walk in His ways.

Injustice and corruption have their day but do not last forever. God is in control of our world. But as Romans tells us, God's ways are not ours; God's wisdom and thoughts are deep, inscrutable, and beyond our grasp. We cannot simply assume that God's view of things is the same as our own. God can and will surprise all of us, for His way is far above ours.

When Jesus asked who people thought he was, his disciples merely repeated opinions they had heard on the streets and in the marketplaces. In our day, it would be the opinions in social media and TV.

But Peter was quiet for once, lost deep within himself. He blurted out that Jesus was the Messiah, Son of the Living God, a response that pleased Jesus immensely. His proclamation did not come from human sources but was a revelation from God.

If we would only be silent and listen to the inner voice of God deep within, we would come to know many things not known by others. Be silent; listen!

Lord, teach me Your ways. 
     

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8月23日( 日 )   常年期第二十一主日

依撒意亞先知書 22:19-23
聖詠 138[137]:1-3,6,8
羅馬書 11:33-36
瑪竇福音 16:13-20

耶穌問宗徒們:「人們說我是誰?」又問:「你們說我是誰?」認識耶穌超越人理解的範疇,祂問宗徒的目的,可從福音窺見天主的救恩計畫。度著信仰生活的人,未必就等於認識耶穌為自己是誰?我們也許仍停留在人們告訴我們的觀念裏。唯與耶穌建立起個人關係,才稱得上「認識」,否則信仰只是理性的認識。理性的限度使人們懷疑天主的存在,當然這種理性是有偏差的,但大多數人都在此迷茫。耶穌讓我們回歸祂,在祂內認識我們同祂的關係。聖神幫助我們的有限,如同伯多祿在聖神內認識到耶穌是默西亞、天主子。耶穌願意門徒們知道:只有在聖神內才能明白他們被派遣的旨意。祂立伯多祿為教會的磐石,就是使信眾建基於同一的宣信中。而伯多祿的宣信,仍在今天繼續透過每位在任的教宗活的訓導來回應耶穌的提問。只有與耶穌建立起親密的關係,才能獲得釋放,才能成為愛與釋放罪人的靈魂醫生。

主耶穌,求祢加深我們對祢的認識,教我們每天都能以行動宣認祢是默西亞、永生天主之子。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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