27 Jun Sat - 12th Week in Ordinary Time

6/26/2020 3:18:06 PM
Lam. 2:2,10-14,18-19 /Ps. 74(73):1-2,3-4, 5-7,20-21 / Mt. 8:5-17 (Ps Wk IV)

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Jesus proclaims through His words and deeds God's nearness to his people and God's tender compas-sion for us in our struggles.

In the Gospel, Jesus responds to the Roman centuri-on. This man was not a Jew, yet he moves Jesus to want to help him. The centurion was a man of authority and high esteem among his soldiers. He had served and had received the trust of leadership.

One thing that impressed Jesus about this leader, the centurion, was his attitude to his servant who was sick. He loved his servant and wanted him to be well. This moved Jesus because in his day servants were treated as property, as things. They were given no more compassion from their masters than a piece of furniture. This centurion was different, however, in the way he treated his servant. The love this man had for his ser-vant moved Jesus to see that there was something dif-ferent about him.

What also impressed Jesus about this leader was the faith he displayed in Jesus' power. He believed that Jesus didn’t even have to come near to his servant to heal him. The centurion knew the Jewish teachings well. He, therefore, knew that it was not permitted for Jesus, a Jew, to enter the house of this gentile without making himself ritually unclean. The man, therefore, displayed his faith in Jesus' power, and at the same time, showed his sensitivity to the religious beliefs of the Jewish people.


Jesus, I trust in Your mercy. 
   

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6月27日( 六 )   常年期第十二週

哀歌 2:2,10-14,18-19
聖詠 74[73]:1-2,3-5,5-7,20-21
瑪竇福音 8:5-17

與主素未謀面的外邦百夫長,在主前所展現的無比信德,牽動了在祂內的哀歌作者情懷,向「本國的子民」發出先知性的悲歎:他們會因無信,而重蹈昔日亡國之經驗,哀號切齒於絕望黑暗中。畢竟,降生為救世人的主,目標並不止於世人肉身的病苦,而是人靈的康復。

主讚歎百夫長信心「這樣大」,「大」在貴為當時統治以民的當權者,竟未因身分而遣發人命耶穌前往診治,而是親身請求,更以「不堪當」來回應耶穌的決定。他以自身的權力為例,深信眼前人只消一語而非親臨,病者便能痊愈。再者,羅馬統治者與以民,本就勢不兩立,鮮有統治者委身求猶太人;而百夫長所請求的,更非為自身的利益,而是他關心的一名在當時制度中毫無身分的奴隸。正如雅各伯書所指,沒有愛的信德是死的,這行動已完整的將他的信德實踐出來。

主,請增強我們對祢的信德吧!


DAILY READINGS

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