23 Jul Fri, 16th Week in Ordinary Time

7/22/2021 9:36:53 AM
Ex. 20:1-17 / Ps. 18:8,9,10,11 / Mt.13:18-23 (Ps Wk IV)

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The focus of today's readings is on the Word of God. The Exodus reading is about the 10 Commandments. Today's Responsorial Psalm reflects on "the law of the Lord ... the rule of the Lord ... the precepts of the Lord ... the command of the Lord ... and the decrees of the Lord" (vv 7-9). Finally, it is about "the word of the Kingdom of heaven" (Mt 13:19).

What do we do when we read God's Word? Do we read it as a duty? Do we read it meditatively-contemplatively to put it inside our heart as a treasure? Do we read it to know how to listen to God's voice? Do we read it intellectually to be able to understand and obey God? Do we read it to share it with others so that they too will be enriched and encouraged?

The ten commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) were given to help God's people lead a life of holiness. A life that puts God first and a life that builds true community.

The Responsorial Psalm reminds us of the importance of knowing and living by God's Word because "it revives the soul ... gives wisdom to the simple ... gladden the heart ... gives light to the eyes ...".

In the Gospel, Jesus tells of the one "who hears the Word and understands it" (v 23), and in understanding, the person yields a harvest and produces "now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty" (v 23). In short, the person lives a fruitful life.

Lord, You have the message of eternal life.    

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7月23日 ( 五 ) 常年期第十六週

出谷紀 20:1-17
聖詠 19:8,9,10,11
瑪竇福音 23:18-23

天主的話就是我們的生命種子,我們願意接受天主話語的程度,跟我們與祂的關係的親密程度,息息相關。(一)、如果我們的心靈是一塊路旁地,說明還沒有理解天主的話,若不能讓天主的話成為生命中最重要的食糧,心靈就會被惡者吞噬。(二)、心靈若是一塊石頭地,很難跟天主建立起深厚的關係。沒有根的種子經不起風吹雨打,很容易枯乾。生命的根,要深深地紮入天主內。(三)、世俗的焦慮和財富的迷惑是走向天主的一大阻礙,這象徵心靈的荊棘之地。想讓天主的話在充滿氧氣的環境中,蓬勃生長,就要撇除這些障礙。在此需留意的,是甚麼原因被荊棘捆綁。

天主,求祢教我們藉著祈禱和皈依的生活,辨別出聖言在我們內成長的阻礙,並能努力耕耘使心靈成為聖言成長的良田。求祢教我們能藉著聖言加深對祢、對自己的認識,結出祢惠賜的相應果實。

(theology.org.hk)

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