26 Feb Fri, 1st Week of Lent

2/25/2021 11:54:28 AM
Ez. 18:21-28 / Ps. 129:1-2,3-4,5-8 / Mt. 5:20-26 (Ps Wk I)

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The Pharisees are preoccupied with adherence to the letter of the law, whereas Jesus goes more in-depth and delves into the kingdom of heaven's operational standards.

The law says, 'You shall not murder!'; and 'whoever murders shall be liable to judgement'; whereas Jesus asks us, 'Are you angry with a brother or sister?', 'Do you despise someone?', 'Have you trampled on someone's dignity by insulting him or her?' Furthermore, 'If you don't forgive or ask for forgiveness and be reconciled and make amends, you will be liable to judgement.'

Jesus is telling us that our righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees and scribes, or we will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Most of us can boast of never having committed murder. Today Jesus asks us to reflect upon those times, those relationships in which something deadly has happened.

His challenge to us is that we not only avoid murder but that we commit ourselves to be reconcilers. No severe wound inflicting words. No dirty fighting. No manipulative, passive-aggressive, revengeful stuff. Perhaps no punishing silence.

Lord Jesus, help me to embrace the gospel values of brotherly love, forgiveness and reconciliation. Amen! 
        


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2月26日( 五 )   四旬期第一週


厄則克耳先知書 18:21-28
聖詠 130[129]:1-2,3-4,4-6,7-8
瑪竇福音 5:20-26

「凡向自己弟兄發怒的,就要受裁判」(瑪5:22)。耶穌不是指合理的怒火。非蓄意惱怒,不可能算是罪過。耶穌所指的是我們故意讓惱恨積聚,致使怒火一發不可收拾,甚至乎「向自己的弟兄說『傻子』……『瘋子』」。

基督徒無需要抑制怒氣,壓抑情感對身心都沒有好處。一個人理應安於自己的感情狀況,但必須要小心控制情緒,要如優良的駕駛者,能避免在道路上發生任何意外一樣。

我們不能默許自己經常即時發洩怒火,以為是不吐不快,而是要設法避免。最好是能讓自己的感受浮現,理性地加以分析,以愛德去包容善後,這才算是認真而積極地去維持兄弟姐妹之間的友愛情誼。

溫和善良的主耶穌基督,請祢可憐我們是那麼的容易發怒。求祢化我們的怒火為可親的溫良。


DAILY READINGS

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

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