26 Jul Mon, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

7/25/2021 12:00:03 PM
Ex. 32:15-24,30-34 / Ps. 105:19-20,21-22,23 / Mt. 13:31-35 (Ps Wk I)

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Moses was furious, impatient with the Israelites' impatience, destroying the Law God had given him for the people. At times, we can also identify with the Israelites' sense of exhaustion, frustration and impatience. How often do we find ourselves working on a project or a cause of social justice, expecting that indeed we will succeed if we persist in doing the right things to further the cause or event? When we have setbacks or run into obstacles, the temptation to lose faith in ourselves, others, and even in God is strong. Let us not lose hope in God because God is always good to us.

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us of how we receive the gift of salvation, the Kingdom of Heaven. At times, we go through life doing God's will, but all too often failing in sinfulness by our weaknesses and selfishness. We are now only an insignificant member of the Church, yet when we live a good life, following and imitating Jesus, we become like that most minuscule of seeds that becomes a large bush giving shade or the yeast that leavens the bread.

God of grace, may we realise that the Kingdom of Heaven is here and now as well as after we die. Help us to participate in Your Kingdom by loving our neighbours.   

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7月26日 ( 一 )常年期第十七週    聖若亞敬及聖亞納(聖母雙親)

出谷紀 32:15-24,30-34
聖詠 106:19-20,21-22,23
瑪竇福音 13:31-35

耶穌用比喻給門徒講道,應驗了先知所說的:「我要開口說比喻,要說出由創世以來的隱密事」(瑪13:35)。

今天耶穌講的是天國的比喻。一粒微小的芥子竟長成了可以讓天上的飛鳥在枝上棲息的大樹。天國又好像能把麵粉發酵的酵母。

耶穌的門徒很多都是勞苦大眾,他們領略到把天國帶進人間,是耶穌一人的事工。卑微勞苦之眾,聽耶穌所講的比喻,會感到很貼心,因為他們明白,萬物成長有時,不容置喙,無聲無息,但往往出人意表。他們想也未想過,天主會視他們為掌上明珠,偉大的天主竟可以縮小到遷就自己的地步。他們堅信,美善的天主願意同他們合作,並以此為喜樂之源。

主耶穌,請祢教導我,從小東西看出大道理。請祢和我在一起,細察發生在我身上的大小事情,給我指出個中的智慧、啟示和真理。

(theology.org.hk)
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