30 Aug Sun - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

8/29/2020 8:31:13 PM
Jer. 20:7-9 / Ps. 62:2,3-4,5-6,8-9 /Rom. 12:1-2 / Mt. 16:21-27 (Ps Wk II)

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Jeremiah was complaining of having been tricked by God. He was torn between holding back and not speaking the words that God had for him to share with others. On the other hand, speaking out and being the brunt of laughter. This was the predicament of the Lord's prophet.

Jeremiah could not be quiet - he needed to share what God had shared with him. But in doing so, he enraged his enemies who sought to destroy him. Has God asked you to speak out in difficult situations?

Jesus was telling his disciples what was going to happen to him. Peter did not want to hear that Jesus would suffer and die. The Jews were looking for a victorious Messiah who would free them from Roman rule. What Jesus was saying was not what they expected or wanted.

Following Jesus would involve sacrifice and suffering - a life very different from what the disciples hoped. The sacrifice would involve giving up the life that they wanted and embracing the life that Jesus had lived. They would need to follow Jesus. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Be non-judgmental; respect others; love God and others; be compassionate - anything else?

Lord Jesus, help me to live as You did. 
    

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8月30日( 日 )   常年期第二十二主日

耶肋米亞先知書 20:7-9
聖詠 63[62]:2,3-4,5-6,8-9
羅馬書 12:1-2
瑪竇福音 16:21-27

「勇敢的保鏢」伯多祿,像在告訴耶穌:「不要害怕,師傅!只要有我在你左右,這些事情是不會發生的。」為回應伯多祿的一番好意,耶穌直呼他為「撒殫」,因為他在誘惑耶穌。伯多祿誘惑耶穌做軍事領袖。這是伯多祿一廂情願的願景,而不是殘酷的死刑 ── 十字架。這就是撒殫誘惑人的方式:無法接受、匪夷所思!撒殫誘惑人、利用人(如伯多祿),撒殫自己卻從不現身,就如黑手黨頭子自己從不現身一樣。黑手黨頭子只會運用衛星通訊。所以,小心!我們周圍有很多「伯多祿」,他們自己也不自覺地在為撒殫服務。

耶穌繼而解釋伯多祿是怎樣誘惑了祂:人的標準相反天主的標準 ──「誰若願意救自己的性命,必要喪失性命;但誰若為我的原故,喪失自己的性命,必要獲得性命」。

每一次耶穌預言自己的苦難,都是這個程序:耶穌預言,繼而有撒殫發出的衛星傳訊:反對的言論或態度,最後是耶穌的一再肯定:「這就是天國:接受或離去!」

主,祢有擊退魔誘的經驗,求祢傳授給我。


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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