26 Jun Fri - 12th Week in Ordinary Time

6/25/2020 3:45:54 PM
2 Kgs. 25:1-12 / Ps. 137(136):1-2, 3, 4-5,6 / Mt 8: 1-4 (Ps Wk IV)

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Jesus came down from the mountain, and great crowds followed him. A leper somehow managed to come close to him, and asked him to heal him, saying, "Lord, if you choose to, you can make me clean."

Lepers were considered unclean and were treated as outcasts of society. This leper made his petition with humility, respect and openness to divine mercy. He understood that many people were, like him, in great misery and were seeking the attention of the Divine. His respect for and faith in Jesus showed that he understood that God was free to act. And, indeed, Jesus' response to him was, "Yes, I do choose to. Be made clean."

The marvel of Jesus' heart is revealed here. Instead of tending to the crowds, Jesus focuses on a leper and thus, makes him the object of divine attention.

Lord, allow me to rest and relax in the blessed mystery of being loved and healed. Help me to reach out to others and attend to their needs, as you have attend-ed to mine. 
     

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6月26日( 五 )   常年期第十二週

列王紀下 25:1-12
聖詠 137[136]:1-2,3,4-5,6
瑪竇福音 8:1-4

治愈事蹟不但證明耶穌的教導和使命的真實性,同時顯示天國已經來到人間,給人們帶來釋放和自由,使人性重新整合,從死亡邁向新生。

耶穌跟病人談話,往往主動要求病人對祂要有信德,或是透過引導,重振病者的信德,或是強調因為人既有的信德而使人獲得治愈。今天的福音印證了最後的一個說法:「有一個癩病人前來叩拜耶穌說:『主!你若願意,就能潔淨我。』」癩病人的言語和行動所表現的信德,使他得到耶穌的醫治。

癩病人患的是傳染病,所以要被隔離,被推到社會的邊沿。耶穌特別關懷這些需要幫助的人,祂不怕接近他們。天國的拯救力量是沒有疆界的,耶穌願意,也有能力去治愈。之後,祂還叮囑痊愈了的癩病人要重返社區,給司祭檢查,以便恢復過正常生活。

主耶穌基督,容許我永遠依偎在祢的臂彎,安享祢的溫馨眷顧,也求祢教我能夠關顧別人的需要,如同祢無微不至地關懷照顧了我,撫平我所有的創傷一樣。


DAILY READINGS

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