24 Jul Sat, 16th Week in Ordinary Time. St Charbel Makhluf, priest

7/23/2021 11:33:14 AM
Ex. 24:3-8 / Ps. 49:1-2,5-6,14-15 / Mt. 13:24-30 (Ps Wk IV)

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God had given Moses the covenant that he was making with the Hebrew people. And Moses had gone with Aaron, Nadah, Abihu and seventy elders to worship the Lord, but only Moses was allowed to go near. Then the covenant confirmation ceremony took place. The pivotal point of the ceremony occurred when the blood of the covenant was sprinkled on the people. The blood represented life, and by that, the people as a whole were sealed as God's special people.

Jesus was speaking of the growth of the Kingdom of heaven. We can think of this in relation to the world in which we live. There is much that is good, but there is also much that is evil. In the Parable, the landowner told the workers to leave the weeds in the fields until the harvest so that the wheat would not be uprooted. The weeds would be gathered first and burned. People wonder why God allows evil to exist in our world. Perhaps part of the answer is in this Parable. Just as the wheat grew strong among the weeds, our reliance on God can make us strong in the midst of evil.

Lord, help me to be a solid witness to Your love in this world.   

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7月24日 ( 六 ) 常年期第十六週

出谷紀 24:3-8
聖詠 50:1-2,5-6,14-15
 瑪竇福音 13:24-30

不要在情緒波動或迷迷糊糊中做決定,就如麥子與莠子區別不太明顯時,不要去拔莠子,不然會傷到麥子。到收割時,麥子莠子會一清二楚:麥穗是大大鼓鼓的,頭低著;莠子穗是瘦瘦扁扁的,頭抬的高高。在果實中分辨,工人會很輕易地把麥子收入倉庫,把莠子打捆丟棄。

仇人魔鬼不會偷懶,在過程中使壞,偽裝良善來迷惑人,就如相似麥子的莠子。又如,譬如是為自己訂定了今天的目的,就是要把手頭上的工作完成,但在搜查資料時,發現了很多不錯的「推薦」,然後就在相關的「推薦」裏的「推薦」中,無意識地忘了初衷,迷失了方向。最後,因在「推薦」中花了過多的時間,而無法完成工作,因而煩悶懊悔,找不到平安和寧靜。聖神的果實與之相反:仁愛、喜樂、平安、忍耐、良善、溫和、忠信、柔和、節制(迦5:22-23)。

主耶穌,請賜我明智,明悉仇人魔鬼的詭計,從而能順從祢的旨意行事,光榮祢的聖名。

(theology.org.hk)
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