26 Aug Thu, 21st Week in Ordinary Time

8/25/2021 9:24:41 AM
1 Thess 3:7-13 / Ps. 89:3-4,12-13,14,17 / Mt. 24:42-51 (Ps Wk I)

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Jesus speaks to his disciples about being alert to the coming of the kingdom. We do not know the time and day the Lord comes, so there is a need for constant watchfulness. The appearance of the Son of Man at an unexpected hour and closely associated with the coming of the kingdom makes many individuals think of the end of the world or their own deaths.

Jesus continues to talk about the faithful servant and the unfaithful servant. Both types of servants are put in responsible positions by the owner of the house; they are to be in charge of the household during his absence. They could be compared to the ministers of the Church. The wise and faithful ministers feed the people properly, which pleases the owner when he shows up unannounced. The unfaithful servant maltreats others and feeds only himself and his minions. He is severely punished by the returning owner.

Today's first reading records St Paul and his companions' prayer for the faithful Thessalonians:

'May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.'

Dear Lord, may You put me in the assembly of the faithful servants.   

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8月26日 ( 四 ) 常年期第二十一週

得撒洛尼前書 3:7-13
聖詠 90[89]: 3-4,12-13,14,17
瑪竇福音 24:42-51

耶穌訓示門徒要醒寤,因為在料想不到的時辰,人子就來了。

耶穌用「忠信聰明的僕人」和「惡僕」作比喻,說明警寤到底是一種甚麼態度。兩類僕人主人都委派他們管理自己的家僕,按時配給他們食糧。忠信聰明的僕人,不論主人在家與否,都忠信如一。主人看在眼裏,就給忠信的僕人更多恩惠。相反地,那惡僕心裏說:我主人必要遲延,於是開始拷打自己的同伴,甚或同醉漢一起吃喝。正當他不期待的日子和想不到的時刻,主人回來了,就剷除了他。他的收場是哀號和切齒。

在讀經一,我們讀到聖保祿宗徒和他的同伴們給得撒洛尼信眾的祝福:「……願主使你們彼此間的愛情,和對眾人的愛情增長滿溢……好堅固你們的心,使你們在我們的主耶穌同他的眾聖者來臨時,於天主我們的父前,在聖德上無可指摘。」

天父,我願意成為祢聖子耶穌基督所建立的教會裏的一個忠僕,請祢保守我。

(theology.org.hk)
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