27 Aug Fri, 21st Week in Ordinary Time. St Monica

8/26/2021 12:04:54 PM
1 Thess. 4:1-8 / Ps. 96:1,2,5-6,10,11-12 / Mt. 25:1-13 (Ps Wk I)

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In today's parable, the ten bridesmaids were waiting for the bridegroom's arrival. The faithful ones knew they had to wait and took an extra oil supply, while the other five foolish ones were not prepared, so they could not welcome the bridegroom. Thus, this parable contains a warning and promise.

As disciples of Jesus, we are challenged to examine ourselves whether we are the faithful ones who use the resources that the Lord has given us at the service of others or are we like the foolish and irresponsible five bridesmaids who did not take notice of the resources?

The warning in the parable of the Gospel is about responsibility and accountability. Are we accountable and responsible in the way we conduct our lives?

The promise of God is the joyful reward that we will stand before our God and hear God say: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Mt. 25: 21).

How do we respond to God's call to live a holy life? (V.7). We are called to offer God's love by remaining pure in mind and thoughts in our services to others, particularly those deprived and marginalised. During this pandemic time, we have the opportunity to use our resources responsibly to reach out to those in need. Doing this out of pure love of God is our response to the call to 'holiness'!

Let us take time to examine our motivations for all our actions to situations and life challenges.

"Lord, grant us the purity of mind and heart in all our words and action."   

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8月27日 ( 五 ) 常年期第二十一週   聖莫尼加

得撒洛尼前書 4:1-8
聖詠 97[96]:1,2,5-6,10,11-12
瑪竇福音 25:1-13

「天主召叫我們不是為不潔,而是為成聖」(得前4:7),這話道出我們生活的原則與努力的方向。也許我們會以為,做聖人都很苦,要放棄很多現世的東西,身為普通人,我們如何可以成聖?其實,成聖是天主在我們身上的聖化,我們需要做的是配合祂,回應祂的恩寵。成聖不是靠我們單方面的努力可以成就的,而是需要依靠天主的恩寵。所以,這是一個不斷皈依天主的過程。教宗方濟各曾經說過:「成聖要求我們皈依,不斷從心靈深處改造自己」。我們可以從小事做起,比如不去談論他人的是非、少抱怨、多聆聽、主動與人和好、學習寬恕,這些都可以成為我們每天皈依天主的功課。同時,成聖也是個人的旅程,沒有人可以代替我們去走。正如十個童女的比喻,五位明智的童女無法跟五位糊塗的童女分享她們的油一樣,我們必須負起自己的責任去走這趟旅程。始終記得:耶穌是我們的夥伴,祂與我們一路同行。

主耶穌,求祢賜給我們成聖的恩寵,助我們每天一步一步地走近祢。

(theology.org.hk)
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