28 Aug Sat, 21st Week in Ordinary Time. St Augustine, Bishop & doctor

8/27/2021 7:32:25 PM
1 Thess. 4:9-11 / Ps. 97:1,7-8,9 / Mt. 25:14-30 (Ps Wk I)

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Many feel that they have to shout and draw attention to themselves to proclaim the Gospel. Paul insisted that our most eloquent testimony is often quiet, unassuming, and gentle. He advised his followers to live a peaceful life of love and caring for others and avoid those activities of their culture that were displeasing to God. This is the sort of testimony that attracts lasting attention - being different in a very positive way. It does not lead to division or fanaticism and is something that any person of goodwill can follow.

We all want to grow spiritually, but fear often holds us back. The 'wicked' servant was afraid of losing everything in the story, so he did absolutely nothing. He was paralyzed by fear. His master was not pleased - he felt that the servant should have been willing to take some risks for the sake of a greater return. Similarly, many people are so afraid of making a mistake that they never grow spiritually. They don't trust God - they think that God is waiting to punish them for every mistake they make. God encourages us to take risks in good faith, try new things, and stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones. And as St Augustine says: Our hearts are restless until they can find rest in You.

Lord, free me from all fear.   

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8月28日 ( 六 ) 常年期第二十一週  聖奧思定主教(聖師)

得撒洛尼前書 4:9-11
聖詠 98[97]:1,7-8,9
瑪竇福音 25:14-30

耶穌講述了兩種不同態度的人,一種是善良忠信的,另一種是可惡懶惰的。忠信的人並不一定擁有更多「塔冷通」或天賦,但他們願意用心去發掘和建設自己被賦予的一切,包括性格特質、才智、機遇,甚至在弱點上尋求進步。他們願意真誠面對自己,也開放地面對生命。其實,他們的「投資」可能會失敗,但他們願意為天主給予的人生負責。他們既忠於自己,也信靠生命之主。懶惰的人並非等如缺乏才華,但因為害怕,他們把自己封閉,活在自我的思想中,甚至對他人和世界抱著負面的想法。就像比喻中的人,他心中的主人是刻薄的,態度消極和充滿防衛,無法信任自己和他人。

信任和恐懼是兩種截然不同的人生態度,同時也影響著我們跟他人和天主的關係。耶穌更願意我們意識到自己的恐懼,學習更多地信靠天主,活出生命的價值和意義。

主,我信靠祢,求祢幫助我把內心的恐懼交託給祢,讓祢化解。

(theology.org.hk)
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