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9/3/2020 1:21:17 PM
1 Cor. 4:1-5 / Ps. 36:3-4,5-6,27-28,39-40 / Lk. 5:33-39 (Ps Wk II)

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Religious zeal can sometimes give certain people a very inflated opinion of themselves. They may look upon themselves as morally and spiritually superior to others.

Paul gives good advice: we are servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries. We apply them to our lives and pass them on. The judgement of others is not our job, nor are we competent to do it correctly.

Leave judgement to the Lord, and concentrate on being a servant. This is good advice. Our age has far too much religious belligerency and intolerance. It is not for us to decide who is a good Christian and who is not, nor are we anointed to designate who is pleasing to God and who is not. We are servants, not masters.

The disciples tried to understand the teachings of Jesus with an old way of religious thinking. Using the symbol of wineskins, Jesus said that it is not wise to pour new wine into old, tattered wineskins. They will burst, and good wine will be wasted. New wineskins are needed - and this symbolises new ways of thinking and new understandings. Being rigid, dogmatic, or resistant to change deadens the heart, mind, and soul. Being open to challenges and willing to have one's mind stretched is the first step on the road to spiritual enlightenment. Life is our classroom, and the Lord is our Teacher, so let us learn well.

Lord, open my heart and mind. 
 
  

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9月4日( 五 )   常年期第二十二週

格林多前書 4:1-5
聖詠 37[36]:3-4,5-6,27-28,39-40
路加福音 5:33-39

排斥耶穌的人,其實是在問:為甚麼我們大家都遵守的,你卻違背?他們關心的,似乎是猶太人的傳統和法律,可是,他們看到的,卻只是外在的戒條,想的也只有自己 ── 自己的權威、自己的規矩、自己的自尊。耶穌向他們闡明,對於法律和傳統,尤其是異己的聲音和立場,人應保持一顆開放的心,如此才能不被束縛。我們可以體會到耶穌那顆自由的心,祂邀請我們去看的,不是規條本身,而是那創立規條者和它們的目的。

顯然,那些法利塞人寧願「喝陳酒」,因為那是他們的「舒適圈」,是不容許任何人來打破的。他們去問耶穌,不是以謙卑和開放之心請教真理的導師,而是早就鎖好了心門去挑戰那挑戰他們的人。或許,我可以聽到耶穌對我的邀請:我對基督的信仰,帶給了我更多內在的自由,還是「舒適的自我封鎖」?

主基督,真理的導師,請賜給我開放與謙卑的心。


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