5 Aug Thu, 18th Week in Ordinary Time. Ded of the Basilica of St Mary Major

8/4/2021 4:16:52 PM
Num. 20:1-13 / Ps 94:1-2,6-7,8-9 / Mt. 16:13-23 (Ps Wk II)

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Once again, the Israelites were complaining to Moses about the conditions in the wilderness. This time there was no water, so Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before God. God instructed Moses to take his staff and command the rock to yield water. But Moses went before the people and struck the rock twice. Water came gushing forth; however, God had told Moses to command the rock rather than strike the rock. God was angry with Moses for not crediting God with this miracle. Because of their disobedience, Moses and Aaron would not enter the promised land.

When Jesus asked his disciples who people said that Jesus was, Peter immediately responded with "the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Peter was correct, and Jesus declared that he would build his Church on Peter and give him great powers. After telling the disciples to tell no one, Jesus shared his future sufferings. Peter showed his lack of understanding when he refused to accept Jesus as a suffering Messiah. Jesus was angry with Peter for focusing on earthly things rather than divine things.

Lord, help me to focus on You.   

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8月5日 ( 四 ) 常年期第十八週

戶籍紀 20:1-13
聖詠 95[94]:1-2,6-7,8-9
瑪竇福音 16:13-23

我們在今天的福音,看到耶穌對伯多祿,有兩種明顯不同的態度。如果我們試著去想像這個場景,可能會因為耶穌前後兩種截然不同的態度而吃驚。其實,耶穌的態度轉變,正好顯示了伯多祿的底細,即他的軟弱。當伯多祿做出的那個讓周圍人稱奇的回答,其實是一種公開的信仰宣認。然而,他卻沒有得到耶穌的讚揚,而是很明確地告訴他:這一切不是來自你,你只是被選的發言者。接下來的事,立即證明耶穌話語的真確。當伯多祿聽到耶穌甘願受苦受死時,他幾乎是下意識地拉住了耶穌,甚至用帶著抱怨的語氣相勸。耶穌激烈的反應,直指伯多祿的要害:你所想的是人事,而非天事。由此可見,伯多祿之前的「信仰宣認」,的確不是出於他自己。

凡已經是個宣認信仰跟隨基督的人,都被邀請,反思一下:憑甚麼度信仰生活,是聖神還是自己?是否傾向只採人的方式,參悟信仰或天主?

主耶穌,祢是我的默西亞,永生天主之子!

(theology.org.hk)
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