25 Aug Wed, 21st Week in Ordinary Time

8/24/2021 3:29:10 PM
1 Thess. 2:9-13 / Ps. 138:7-8,9-10,11-12 / Mt. 23:27-32 (Ps Wk I)

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The scripture readings provide us with some ideas about spiritual leadership. On reading the letter of Paul to the Thessalonians and the gospel passage, we see a comparison between the leadership provided by Paul and his helpers and that of the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders at the time of Jesus.

On the one hand, we have an example of Paul's spiritual leadership. In his writing, we sense someone who sees himself as a father to his children, who works hard to provide for his own needs instead of burdening any of the believers. His treatment of them was "impeccably right and fair", and he has taught them what is right, encouraged them and appealed to them to lead a life worthy of God.

On the other hand, Jesus provides us with an example of the type of spiritual leadership shown by the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus describes them as "hypocrites", "whitewashed tombs", and filled with "hypocrisy and lawlessness". Outwardly, they pretend to show respect for the prophets and holy men of the past and say they would not have done what their ancestors did, but in reality, are "sons of those who murdered the prophets".

What a contrast of spiritual leadership? Certainly, this makes us wonder about our own spiritual leaders today. What type of spiritual leadership do we provide to our families or who are under our care. Are we authentic spiritual fathers or mothers to them? Or are we spiritual "hypocrites" who look good on the outside but are "dead" and "corrupted" on the inside?

O Lord, search me and guide me.   

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8月25日 ( 三 ) 常年期第二十一週

得撒洛尼前書 2:9-13
聖詠 139[138]:7-8,9-10,11-12
瑪竇福音 23:27-32

有幅漫畫:準備出門,人在各樣面具和皮囊中挑選。好像只有在面具和皮囊下,才有點安全和舒適感。或許我們的信仰在久而久之中,已變成了一副外表華麗,內裏藏有甚麼,連自己也不知道的面具和皮囊。進出完全是分裂的:進堂如綿羊,出門似豺狼。

有位專家說過:「虛假宗教的格言是:『不用害怕;信賴神,祂不會讓任何你所害怕的事發生在你身上』。真正的宗教所說的,正好相反:『不要害怕;你所害怕的那些事可能會發生在你身上,但它們並不怎麼可怕。』」天主是愛,祂以身作則,成了血肉,和我們人一樣,經歷了生活的種種。祂受苦受難,把道路、真理和生命,完全顯露出來,且天天以彌撒聖祭的聖體聖血持續不斷地滋養著我們的身心靈,使我們與祂相似,活出愛的肖像。

「你不要害怕,因為我與你在一起;你不要驚惶,因為我是你的天主;我必堅固你,協助你,用我勝利的右手扶持你。」(依41:10)

上主,祢鑑察了我,也認清了我,請扶持、陪伴著我。

(theology.org.hk)
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