28 Jul Wed, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

7/27/2021 11:43:39 AM
Ex. 34:29-35 / Ps. 98:5,6,7,9 / Mt. 13:44-46 (Ps Wk I)

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Talking to God face to face can be a daunting business. The Israelites refused to go up the mountain, thus sending Moses instead. The encounter changed him forever, and the radiance that shone from his face forced him to keep it covered.

Our own experiences of God are much quieter and simpler affairs and should not be frightening at all. But they should change us! The face of a person who has fallen in love shines with a radiance that tells everyone that something wonderful has happened. So likewise, our face can tell others a lot about our relationship with God. A sour disposition, anger, a long face, and sadness are indications of something else. Let our face preach the gospel!

Great things are hidden right under our noses. Often, we look far and wide for our 'treasure'. The parables tell us that what we are looking for is disguised and unrecognised but very precious. In both the short parables, the one finding the treasure or pearl must first gain the right to it through purchase, and then it is theirs for the taking. We must decide what is most important in our life and then take steps to attain it. This 'purchase' means leaving behind other things: old ideas, values, attachments, and habits.

Lord, lead me into Your presence to experience divine joy.   

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7月28日 ( 三 )常年期第十七週

出谷紀 34:29-35
聖詠 99:5,6,7,9
瑪竇福音 13:44-46

耶穌比喻中的「寶貝」和「珍珠」,為今天的我們來說,可能是千金難買的居所、名車,甚或嶄新的電子產品。藉著這個比喻,耶穌想告訴我們,天國是我們所能夠擁有的最珍貴「實體」。

不容忽略的是,追求天國的人的那份願意「賣掉他所有的一切」的渴望和慷慨之情。渴望是推動我們追求心之所欲的動力,聖依納爵教導我們,在祈禱的時候,申明自己願望的恩典。他也指出,願意同天主增進關係的人,當懷有慷慨大方的精神,把自己的渴望和自由都奉獻給祂,因為天主願意把超乎我們想望的、更好的東西賜給我們。正如那個「買了那塊地」的人,當他再挖掘,找到的,也許比他料想的更多。天國並不是靜止不變的,而是充滿生命力和動態的。當我們願意付出更多去尋求天主時,天主也願意給予我們更喜出望外的。

謹讓我們以歸於聖依納爵名下的這篇禱文,祈求慷慨之恩:「主啊!請教我慷慨付出而不計代價,奮鬥而不在意受傷,辛勞而不求安逸,犧牲而不望回報;但求知道,我所做的,都是祢所喜悅的。」

(theology.org.hk)
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