26 Aug Wed - 21st Week in Ordinary Time

8/25/2020 3:30:21 PM
2 Thess. 3:6-10,16-18 / Ps. 127:1-2,3,4-5 / Mt. 23:27-32 (Ps Wk I)

HolySpirit-Shalom.jpg

'Teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!'

How could Jesus call such people who are well versed in the Scriptures 'hypocrites'?

To Jesus, the word "hypocrite" equally denotes what is superficial as well as people who are dismissive of the Word of God.

Jesus denounces the corrupt religious elite. These leaders possess wealth and culture, and want to be in command, but never learn from the truth nor practice humility and compassion.

On the one hand, they have the prophets, but on the other hand, they are killers of the prophets (cf. Mt 23:37). Such leaders are not defenders of the Faith; they only follow their social prejudices and readily condemn those who tell the truth or challenge their mediocrity.

Lord Jesus, in your company, I want to look at my inner self. Please help me to see what is hidden there even from myself.

Help me to come out from what I have lived unrealistically and from the unquestioned certitudes that I have been enclosed in.

Increase my faith, Lord Jesus, so that I can face the crises and threats that I am not prepared for and build a poorer yet more demanding and loving community, all for the glory of God. Amen. 
        

logo_shalom.jpg

8月26日( 三 )   常年期第二十一週

得撒洛尼後書 3:6-10,16-18
聖詠 128[127]:1-2,4-5
瑪竇福音 23:27-32

耶穌斥責法利塞人,反映出祂和猶太宗教權威之間的爭論,已經到了白熱化的階段。

耶穌不是不尊重法律,祂不但尊重,還要將法律滿全。祂不是在批評法律,而是針對那些利用法律作遮掩,狡詐地避開法律的嚴格要求的人。法律原是為淨化人心,外在行為乃發自淨化的心。但法利塞人的行徑,卻是專橫霸道,強人所難,使遵守法律變得虛偽固執。此外,他們還害怕外來的批評,怕被人挑戰,於是設法排除異己,還說是在替天行道。

主耶穌,求祢引領我,進入我的內心,使我能面對自己的虛偽和邪惡。請幫助我能夠擺脫混亂、怨恨和鬥爭。請安定我的內心,好能為人類面對的挑戰,作出一份愛的承擔,傳播祢的福音。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

Lên đầu trang