4 Aug Wed, 18th Week in Ordinary Time

8/3/2021 4:03:42 PM
Num. 13:1-2,25-14:1,26-30,34-35 / Ps. 105(106):6-7,13-14,21-22,23 / Mt. 15:21-28 (Ps Wk II)

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The Psalmist says of God's people - "they forgot the God Who was their saviour, who had done such great things in Egypt, ... such marvels at the Red Sea".

Because of their forgetfulness, they caved into fear and did not heed Caleb's words to "march in ... and conquer this land". Canaan was the land God promised centuries ago to Abraham (Gen 13:16-17), which was later reaffirmed in God's word to Moses, "this land of Canaan ... I am giving to the sons of Israel" (v 2).

In their fear and lack of faith in God, they "disparage the country"; they "felt like grasshoppers"; they "raised their voices ... cried aloud and ... wailed ..." (Num 13:32-33; 14:1). Result? That generation, of age twenty years and over (except for Caleb and Joshua), wandered in the desert for forty years and died without ever stepping into the land of "milk and honey" (Num 14:27, 29-35).

As we read Biblical events and characters, and as we read about the lives of saints - let us remember the courage of God's people, who willingly did God's will and fearlessly trusted in God's word, love, faithfulness and generosity. When we live faithfully, when we trust God whole-heartedly, when we courageously seek to fulfil God's desires in our lives - we will experience much inner freedom and the 'amazing grace' of God. We will be a faith-filled people, "guided by the Spirit" (Gal 5:25) and will continuously do great things for the greater glory of God.

Lord, let us "have great faith" (v 28), like the Canaanite woman in the Gospel reading. Amen.   

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8月4日 ( 三 ) 常年期第十八週    聖若望.維雅納司鐸

戶籍紀 13:1-2,25-14:1,26-19,34-35
聖詠 106[105]:6-7,13-14,21-22,23
瑪竇福音 15:21-28

被人拒絕並不好受。這裏有位面對了三次被拒絕的人,而且拒絕她的,是充盈著憐愛與悲憫的天主子基督。這位客納罕婦人,鍥而不捨,死纏爛打,不達目的不罷休。第一次她懇求達味之子的垂憐,得到的回應是耶穌的閉口不言。第二次門徒幫助婦人請求耶穌,得到的回覆卻是拒絕,耶穌聲明祂只是為了以色列選民的益處。第三次婦人更是叩首伏地,哀求不止;而耶穌的回答依舊是拒絕,甚至有幾分挖苦的意味。

接連被拒絕的婦人,不僅沒有被耶穌的冷漠、無動於衷和為難所嚇倒,反而愈戰愈勇,絕不鬆手,一次比一次熱切。似乎耶穌每拒絕一次,便是她更進一步的機會;耶穌愈往後退,她愈往前邁步。

耶穌被這位外邦女子的信心和熱忱折服了,隨即應允了她的所求:「就如你所願望的,給你成就吧!」這真是極其合理的結局。我們的願望和熱切,在天主那裏看來,竟有如此大的效力!

主耶穌,祢賜予我的不僅是碎屑,更是祢全部的自己;求祢使我珍惜感恩祭餐桌上的一點一滴。

(theology.org.hk)
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