31 Jul Sat, 17th Week in Ordinary Time St Ignatius of Loyola, priest

7/30/2021 3:36:42 PM
Lev. 25:1,8-17 / Ps. 66:2-3,5,7-8 / Mt. 14:1-12 (Ps Wk I)

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Herod jailed John the Baptist because he had warned him not to marry Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. This was the beginning of sinful acts that unfortunately culminated in the death of John. We learn from this event of the need to evaluate our actions to avoid sinning constantly.

The daily examination of our life is needed to keep our life in order. Whenever we find out evil inclinations, we are called to learn to change and return to the way of righteousness. Otherwise, we may end up in the darkness of sin.

Herod tried to cover up his sin by imprisoning John, and, as a result, the sin of impropriety grew into a dramatic murder, ordered by the simple desire for entertainment. Thus, an innocent man's life didn't matter because of his need to please his wife.

In a world that is becoming overly individualistic, we as Christians are called to treat others with love and mercy.

Today is the feast of St Ignatius. He, too, strove to please the top echelon of society. But his narrative changed when a cannonball hit his knee and shattered it. It was the turning point of his life.

This year, the Jesuits and associates worldwide celebrate Ignatius' victory over sin and individualism. We too are called to overcome our individualism and gain our integrity of life by finding God in all things.

Lord, grant us the grace to examine our lives so that we may live following Your most Holy Will.   

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7月31日 ( 六 ) 常年期第十七週   聖依納爵.羅耀拉司鐸(紀念)

肋未紀 25:1,8-17
聖詠 67]:2-3,5,7-8
瑪竇福音 14:1-12

上主吩咐我們不可彼此欺壓,但應敬畏上主我們的天主;因為祂祝福我們,並以自己的慈愛容光照耀我們。黑落德當然沒有聽從天主的訓示,也沒有理會若翰的勸告,還拘禁了他,將他殺死。天主的慈悲,與黑落德的濫權及對生命的輕視,形成強烈對比。

今天的世界,也是一個彼此欺壓的世界。就如天離地有多高,天主的行徑離我們的行徑、天主的思念離我們的思念也有多高。在社會上,一些人為了私益,不惜犧牲另一些人的福祉。這些人包括窮人、殘疾人、未有用的胎兒或不再被需要的老人。他們沒有重要的價值,因而不被照顧和尊重。

縱使殺害若翰,黑落德仍不能放下心頭大石,他還要殺害耶穌。同樣,就算犧牲弱小者,人亦仍然不會得到滿足,因為我們受造的目的,不能靠欺壓別人來達成,只能靠在愛中得到圓滿。

主,求祢引導我們回應祢的慈悲,教我們親近向我們伸手的弟兄姊妹,將祢的愛帶給他們。

(theology.org.hk)
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