29 Aug Sun, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

8/28/2021 2:20:25 PM
Deut. 4:1-2,6-8 / Ps. 14:2-4,5 / James 1:17-18,21-22,27 / Mk. 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 (Ps Wk II)

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The Law of Moses was very important for the people of Israel. They were rightly proud of the legal system they had developed in their desire to be God's people. Through the law, they were expected to lead lives that were different, better than their pagan neighbours. But, by the time of Jesus, the law had become so hopelessly complicated in its applications that only experts could interpret it in the many practical problems which would arise in daily living.

As Jesus indicated in today's Gospel, many of the Old Testament laws were of human invention. They had little to do with a loving God: they instead looked to conforming to social demands. Laws were misused for personal gain. In our Church, in our parish, and wherever people work together, we have to have rules. But they are only a means to help us work together more smoothly. Once the rules start dictating to us, then we are in trouble. Laws are not meant to restrict but to maximize the freedom of individuals and groups without detriment to others. The Gospel is not a code of laws. It provides a vision of truly human life lived for God among other people. It is focused on relationships rather than individual actions.

Lord, may Your law lead us to You and make us better people.   

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8月29日 ( 日 ) 常年期第二十二主日

申命紀 4:1-2,6-8
聖詠 15[14]:1-3,4,5
雅各伯書 1:17-18,21-22,27
馬爾谷福音 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

以色列子民以天主選民的身分而自豪。他們用洗潔禮表達自己是一個從不潔的世界裏,被特選出來的聖潔民族,有別於污穢的外邦人。他們在飲食、日常細節、對待身體上都會遵守潔淨律,以表達自己的身分與信仰。法利塞人和經師針對耶穌的問題是:你的門徒為何不遵守潔淨律?而耶穌的問題是:到底是甚麼使一個人潔淨:外在或內在?雙手或心靈?是他們的習俗還是與天主的關係?耶穌毫不掩飾地點中他們的問題:心口不一、把人律舉到神律之上、重視外在勝於內在。有時候,鉅細無遺的細節規定,很容易使人與其精神擦肩而過。為耶穌而言,一個真正的天主子民,其潔淨的記號只能是踐行上主法律的精神。上主的擔子並不沉重,只有十句話;但法律精英們給十句話加了太多無謂框框,令上主的言語失去活力。我們活在一個如法利塞般講究光鮮外表的時代。於是人人披了一張社會和潮流加諸的面具,久而久之,面具與我們的臉連成一體。

天主,教我們在乎真我與假我,天天洗洗臉面,潔淨靈魂。

(theology.org.hk)
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