27 Aug Thu - 21st Week in Ordinary Time - St Monica

8/26/2020 7:15:50 PM
1 Cor. 1:1-9 / Ps. 144:2-3,4-5,6-7 /Mt. 24:42-51 / (Ps Wk I)

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Paul wrote his letters to instruct the new communities and to correct their faults, often serious moral or doctrinal faults, which had arisen. But apart from the Letter to the Galatians, he does not begin with his instruction or with their problems.

After his introduction, where he wishes the community "Grace and peace", he gives thanks to God for the goodness and fervour of these new Christians. This is true even in the case of the Corinthians, a particularly troublesome community.

Because of his faith and trust in God, Paul was able to point to good things: "In Christ Jesus, they have been richly endowed with every gift of speech and knowledge," (1 Cor 1:5).

This expression of thanksgiving situates his letter in the presence of God to help the community understand that everything he says comes from faith and leads to greater faith, hope and love. This was also the experience of St Monica, the mother of St Augustine.

St Monica, whose feast we celebrate today was largely responsible for her son's conversion through her tears and unceasing prayers. She had the joy and consolation of seeing her son converted and baptised after seventeen years of waywardness. Then as a bishop and thinker, he wrote much and influenced the development of Catholic Philosophy and Theology.

Father in Heaven, enlighten our minds and hearts that we may see good in all the problems and crises of life. Amen. 
  

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8月27日( 四 )   常年期第二十一週    聖莫尼加

格林多前書 1:1-9
聖詠 145[144]:2-3,4-5,6-7
瑪竇福音 24:42-51

一場空前的全球大流行世紀疫症,在短短數月間奪去數以萬計的性命。為生活於二十一世紀,自命先進繁華,一切掌控在自己手中的現代人,剎那間變得那麼無助,亦首次體驗到從未思考過的死亡,不論種族、性別、年齡……,竟是如此接近。為求保命,即使素來意識不高,亦見警覺起來。

「你們要醒寤,因為你們不知道:在那一天你們的主人要來。」主今天重新發出這個末世呼喚。祂確實要再次來臨,但可不是像一場毀滅性的瘟疫,而是為因祂的名蒙召為聖的人,帶來圓滿的救恩喜樂。為迎向這個日子,我們當時刻醒寤,保持無瑕可指的狀態,俾堪當領受這末世鴻恩。

在昔日極盡繁華,但道德淪亡的格林多城,保祿建立了一個被世俗挑戰包圍的教會。但他深信天主對他們的恩寵,足以使信徒堅持做抗衡逆流,不受同化的中流砥柱。願我們在今天,也依恃這同一的恩寵。

主,唯有祢是我步履前的明燈,時刻在警醒我。


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