27 Feb Sat, 1st Week of Lent

2/26/2021 4:12:41 PM
Deut. 26:16-19 / Ps. 118:1-2,4-5,7-8 / Mt. 5:43-48 (Ps Wk I)

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Jesus, in the Gospel reading, speaks on the love of enemies. This is truly radical as God's love is unconditional and without limit. Our personal experiences of forgiveness give us a sense of liberation and freedom from the harbouring of past hurts that cause much pain and suffering.

To be God's children (Mt. 5:45), we are asked to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect (Mt. 5:48). This perfection is to love everyone with unconditional and all-embracing love!

We are constantly challenged to live this part of our Christian calling, which can be demanding.

Yet all things are possible with God. If we surrender to God, He gives us the courage and strength to forgive like how we have been forgiven.

Observance of God's law is reiterated in the first reading wherein Moses revealed to the Israelites the importance of keeping God's law as our commitment to our Creator.

During this Lenten season, we are challenged to live this gift of 'forgiveness' particularly to the persons who have hurt us.

"Lord, grant us the grace to be able to forgive from our hearts as we have been forgiven by God and those who know what forgiveness entails." 
         


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2月27日( 六 )   四旬期第一週


申命紀 26:16-19
聖詠 119[118]:1-2,4-5,7-8
瑪竇福音 5:43-48

「你們當愛你們的仇人,當為迫害你們的人祈禱」,這樣的要求,很多人都不容易做到,因為它超出了我們慣常的思維模式。事實上,對身邊的人實行愛德已經不容易,更不用說是去愛自己的仇人了。我們很容易忘記別人對我們做過的好事,對我們不好的人,常會一直耿耿於懷。當我們與人產生衝突之後,無論之前是多好的朋友,不愉快的心結也會難以放下,這似乎成了我們的通病。身為天主的子女,耶穌要求我們是成全的,要求我們學習寬恕,甚至是去愛那些與我們有間隙,我們不喜歡的人,那樣才相稱於基督徒這個名號。

要放下心裏的仇恨或不愉快,沒有恩寵與祈禱,根本很難達成。我們可以嘗試在祈禱中,將對他人的不滿情緒甚至憎恨的感覺向主傾訴。當我們如實地表達了自己之後,留一些時間來傾聽祂,祈求主治愈內心所受的傷害,也祈求有能力去寬恕與愛傷害了我們的人,並靜靜地等待主奇妙的回應。

主,求祢賜給我們彼此寬恕與得到祢治愈的恩寵。


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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