25 Jun Thu - 12th Week in Ordinary Time

6/24/2020 4:05:57 PM
2 Kgs. 24:8-17 /Ps. 79(78):1-2,3-5,8,9 / Mt. 7:21-29 (Ps Wk IV)

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Sinfulness finds its most pervasive expression in the dichotomy between saying and doing: we profess to be Christians, we affirm our Faith and our love of God, but there are times when our actions are not consonant with what we profess.

Jesus expresses this doctrine in the words which being today's Gospel reading. Salvation, entry into the Kingdom of God, is not a matter of being able to cry out "Lord, Lord" in Faith or hope. Entry into the Kingdom is a matter of doing "the will of God".

Jesus goes on to imply that it is not every kind of activity, even religious activity such as prophesying or working miracles, which manifests or guarantees a proper relationship with him. External actions may be fine, but more is required, namely that interior relation-ship with Jesus, which will earn his acknowledgement: "I know you."

The crowds were amazed at Jesus teaching. Amazement, however, is not an adequate response to his teaching. What is required is a deep integration of words and actions, of Faith and love. "Faith that is operative through love is what truly matters" (cf. Gal 5:6).

Lord Jesus, grant us the grace to live our lives in such a way that You will acknowledge and accept us as indeed Your disciples, who have loved in word and reality. 
    

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6月25日( 四 )   常年期第十二週

列王紀下 24:8-17
聖詠 79[78]:1-2,3-5,8,9
瑪竇福音 7:21-29

耶穌說那聽了並實行上主的話的人,才能進入天國。在讀經一,我們看到耶路撒冷的國王,因不實行上主的話而國破家亡。猶大國王向來熟悉上主的話,因為上主經常派遣先知去向他們傳達自己的話。當他們的國家或自身的生命處於危難時,猶大國王們便呼求上主。可是,在獲得上主救援之後,卻沒有認真履行對上主的承諾,反而行了上主視為邪惡的事。一個國家就被固執於惡的國王們斷送了。

耶穌今天通過福音和教會的宣講,不斷提醒我們要聽從祂,並要按照祂的話去實行。我們不能只停留在聽聽而已的階段,而是要把聽來的,堅定地付諸實行。這樣才像不讓房屋坍塌得很慘的聰明人。

主,謝謝祢對我的耐心!請幫助我完全徹底的實行祢的教誨。


DAILY READINGS

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

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