28 Aug Fri - 21st Week in Ordinary Time St Augustine, Bishop & doctor

8/28/2020 8:57:46 AM
1 Cor. 1:17-25 / Ps. 32:1-2,4-5,10-11 /Mt. 25:1-13 (Ps Wk I)

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St Augustine is one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. As a young man, he led quite an immoral life and had a son by a woman to whom he was not married. He later became involved in a heretical sect which was very puritanical.

Thanks to the prayers of his mother, he found Christ. He became a great bishop, and his writings are among the most treasured in the Church.

Today's readings touch on two aspects of his life. The Gospel, from Jesus' denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees, speaks about followers of Christ avoiding all titles of honour. As a bishop, Augustine lived almost a monastic life with a community, totally dedicated to the service of his people.

He was also a very passionate man who in his earlier life had gone astray. But in his later years, he spoke eloquently of the place of love in the life of the Christian. That is reflected in the beautiful reading from the First Letter of John.

In a short passage of the first reading, the author uses the word 'love' 15 times. He says that 'love' is at the very heart of all our Christian living. He says that wherever there is love, God is there because God IS LOVE.

Augustine himself put it in a slightly different way: "Love and do what you like." If love is there, we cannot go far wrong. And we pray as Augustine prayed:

Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in You. Amen. 
   

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8月28日( 五 )   常年期第二十一週 聖奧思定(主教、聖師)

格林多前書 1:17-25
聖詠 33[32]:1-2,4-5,10,11
瑪竇福音 25:1-13

在教會芸芸聖師當中,聖奧思定的語錄,也許是最常被人引用的,也就是說,他許多的著作,一直以來都備受天主教徒愛戴,為人所津津樂道。他的教導不但非常吸引,也富啟發性,值得我們牢記、引用和深思默念。

在時下數碼電子年代,我們很容易便能夠在谷歌,搜尋到他的語錄,例如是這一句最廣為人知的名句:「主啊,祢為自己造了我們,我們的心不會安息,除非憩息在祢內」。

主,聖奧斯定說「愛」是靈魂之美,求祢教導我們的心靈,無時或息地熱切渴望在愛中成長。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
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(theology.org.hk)

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