23 Jun Tue - 12th Week in Ordinary Time

6/22/2020 3:29:34 PM
2 Kgs. 19:9-11,14-21,31-35,36 /Ps. 48(47):2-4,10-11 / Mt. 7:6,12-14 (Ps Wk IV)

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We like to cheer for the underdog the one who wins against overwhelming odds. Israel was often in that position. The king of Assyria, a great ancient super-power, was threatening Israel with destruction if she did not surrender.

The king sent a letter to Hezekiah, in which he mocked Israel and its God. He listed all the nations and gods he had conquered and humiliated and boasted that Israel would be next. But Hezekiah prayed fervently to God to vindicate both Israel and the divine name.

God replied that the Assyrians would not set foot in Jerusalem, and in fact, a plague decimated their army, causing them to withdraw. We cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by fear when we are faced with injus-tice, nor should we do anything foolish. God is our pro-tection and strength, so our trust should be complete

Our spiritual journey is simple but not easy. The gate is narrow it would be easy to miss if we are not careful. The gate consists of humility, love, compassion, generosity, kindness, justice and trust. The wide gate is easy enough to pass through, but it leads nowhere. It is characterized by selfishness and lack of love. Jesus summed up his teaching with the Golden Rule treat others as you would want them to treat you. All of the religions of the world, both ancient and modern, teach the same thing. God is trying to make a point!

Lord, deepen my trust in You. 
     

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6月23日( 二 )   常年期第十二週

列王紀下 19:9-11,14-21,31-36
聖詠 48[47]:2-3,3-4,10-11
瑪竇福音 7:6,12-14

耶穌派遣門徒時,給他們提到:「你們不要把聖物給狗,也不要把你們的珠寶投在豬前」,原因是「怕牠們用腳踐踏了珠寶,而又轉過來咬傷你們」。「聖物」指的是天主的聖名,「珠寶」可以代表天國,「狗」是猶太人對外邦人的藐稱。耶穌在這裏不是限制門徒把救恩帶給外邦人,而是強調救恩應給予渴望天國福音的人,否則就會讓天主的聖名蒙羞。然後耶穌說:「凡你們願意人給你們做的,你們也要照樣給人做」。這話圓滿了耶穌到世界成全的法律和先知,那就是「愛」,因為天主是愛,在愛內沒有強迫,愛是法律的滿全(羅13:9-10;迦5:14)。最後,耶穌以寬門大路和窄門狹路的隱喻告訴基督徒,為信仰耶穌需要有一個生命的抉擇。信仰的路一定不會如寬門大路一樣,而是充滿各種考驗的窄門狹路,正因如此才會有彩虹般的復活榮光。

主耶穌,我們的信念來自祢的許諾,這使我們充滿絕大的希望。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
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HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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