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Jer. 31:1-7 / (R. Ps.) Jer. 31:10,11-12,13 / Mt. 15:21-28 (Ps Wk II)

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Jeremiah was sharing the plan for the restoration of Israel's homeland and relationship with God.

God would be the God of all of Israel and would continue to be faithful to the Israelites for he loved them with an everlasting love. The people who were committed to God would rejoice as they would be able to plant their crops once more, and they would turn to God with happy hearts.

Jesus' initial words to the Canaanite woman recall that his mission was to be to the Israelites alone. However, the woman would not accept Jesus' response and was persistent.

In response to her persistence, Jesus remarked on her faithfulness and gave her the desire of her heart - her daughter's healing. This reminds us of Jesus' healing of the centurion's servant due to his deep faith (Mt 8:5-13; Lk 7:1-10) and also the encouragement of Jesus to be persistent in our prayers. God honours our faithfulness and our persistence in taking time to communicate with him, to listen to him and to obey him.

Lord, help me to be faithful in reaching out to You. 


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8月5日( 三 )   常年期第十八週

耶肋米亞先知書 31:1-7
(詠)耶肋米亞先知書 31:10,11-12,13
瑪竇福音 15:21-28

今天的讀經和福音讓我們看到了天主的樂善好施。祂已經為我們準備好了救援,我們不需要做甚麼上山下海的難事,只要相信祂,就可以得到祂的救恩。

客納罕婦人與耶穌萍水相逢。耶穌同她之間,在最開始的時候,本來是當時猶太男人與外邦婦女的正常互動模式。可是,她謙卑執著的信德,打破了世俗常理的束縛。耶穌立刻超常的滿全了她的渴望。她與耶穌的萍水相逢秒變千載難逢。因為,她的女兒因耶穌而痊愈了。

其實,耶穌和客納罕婦人的相遇,看似偶然巧合,實則命中注定。耶肋米亞先知提醒我們說:天主永遠給我們保留了祂的仁慈。儘管在實際的生活環境和人際關係方面,我們會遇到種種挑戰,但是,只要我們有堅定的信德,就一定能夠在主內得到滿足。

主,謝謝祢為我保留了祢的慈愛。在祢內,我看到無限的希望。請堅固我的信德,請滿全我的渴望!


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(theology.org.hk)

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