3 Mar Wed, 2nd Week of Lent

3/2/2021 5:05:01 PM
Jer. 18:18-20 / Ps. 30:5-6,14,15-16 / Mt. 20:17-28 (Ps Wk II)

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Speaking the truth to people of power is never easy, and Jeremiah knew that well. God ordered Jeremiah to deliver the bad news to those in authority: the nation was corrupt and spiritually sick. They had to return to the ways of God. But people preferred the false prophets who told authorities what they wanted to hear: everything is just fine! A plot was hatched against Jeremiah to silence him, but God protected him. We should never be intimidated for speaking the truth or standing up for what is right.

The sons of Zebedee had walked with Jesus so long, but they still didn't understand his teachings. They could only think of basking in his power and glory, so they made a 'power move.' They asked for the two choice seats in his kingdom, one at his right and the other at his left. Just imagine how disappointed and frustrated Jesus must have felt when he heard their request. He explained that they would have to share his suffering and martyrdom, and they agreed, implying that it was 'no big deal.' Rash words! Jesus again insisted that true greatness and true discipleship was all about humility and loving service. He warned them not to copy the examples of governance and human relationships in the culture around them. They were all based on domination and lording it over others. He pointed to himself, declaring that he had come not to be served but to serve. It can be no less for all of us.

Lord, may my life be one of humble service. 
   


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3月3日( 三 )   四旬期第二週


耶肋米亞先知書 18:18-20
聖詠 31[30]:5-6,14,15-16
瑪竇福音 20:17-28

不知是否因為舊約的天主予人充滿威能、言出必行、恪守盟約、賞善罰惡的形象,以致以色列人一直奉行「以牙還牙,以眼還眼」的信念。有恩他們會報,有仇他們更加會報,認為這樣才算公義。耶肋米亞先知亦因此而向上主喊冤:「難道該以怨報德嗎?他們竟掘下陷阱來陷害我的性命!」(耶18:20)。聖詠作者亦同聲訴說:「我將我的靈魂託於你的掌握,上主,忠實的天主,你必拯救我」(詠31:6)。

葡萄園的比喻中,早被僱用的工人滿以為自己得到的工資會比遲來的多,認為這樣才算公道。上主的公義,事實上,與仁愛並行。沒有仁愛,看不到真正的公義;沒有公義,看不到仁愛的價值。

我們與上主的關係,實際上很不公平:祂以無限的仁慈,眷顧了我們,我們卻常和祂斤斤計較。即使有人做到以愛還愛,但人的淺薄又怎能與天主的深厚相比?

天主,我們虧欠祢的,實在太多了!


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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