5 Sep Sat - 22nd Week in Ordinary Time - St Teresa of Kolkata

9/4/2020 1:22:14 PM
1 Cor. 4:6-15 / Ps. 144:717-18;19-20,21 / Lk. 6:1-5; (Ps Wk II)

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Paul was addressing issues specific to the church at Corinth. He had high expectations and was disappointed with the divisions among the Corinthians. Paul admonished them not to be proud of what they had for everything was a gift from God.

Some of the Corinthians enjoyed the riches of life while others suffered from less, including Paul and the apostles. Paul cared deeply about the Corinthians and thought of himself as a father to the Corinthian Church, referring to them as his "beloved children". Paul knew that such divisions could cause great turmoil and reduce the effect of Jesus' message. How can we work to heal divisions in the Church today?

The disciples were hungry, so they picked some grain and ate it, although it was unlawful to harvest grain on the Sabbath. Again, the Pharisees challenged Jesus. Jesus responded by referring to the scriptures, where David took the bread of the Presence from the temple to feed his hungry men. Jesus regularly used the scriptures to respond to challenges, whether by other humans or by the devil as in the temptation stories. Then Jesus surprised everyone by saying that he had authority over the Sabbath. Rigid adherence to the letter of the law is not the way of Jesus.

Lord, help me to respond as Jesus did. 
  
  

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9月5日( 六 )   常年期第二十二週

格林多前書 4:6-15
聖詠 145[144]:17-18,19-20,21
路加福音 6:1-5

今天的兩篇經文讓我們體會到牧者的慈父心腸,讓我們沉浸在父愛的溫柔中,好讓我們能夠在今後的日子,嘗試做個有父愛精神的福傳者。

當法利塞人指責因飢餓而搓麥穗吃的門徒時,耶穌一馬當先,直接用自己的身分,將門徒們的行為正當化。頓時,油然升起的,是一股舐犢的深情。同樣的感動以不一樣的方式,展現在保祿與格林多人的互動當中。為了鼓勵格林多的信友謙心向善,保祿真誠地分享了自己的信仰經驗。他嚴父慈聲的勸勉,容不得人無動於衷。

面對當今時代的各種挑戰,特別是在信仰生活方面,牧者們都需要有基督那樣的慈父心胸。保祿為了效法基督,不惜付出自己的一切。我們為了活出牧者的慈父形象,曾作過些甚麼付出呢?

主,謝謝祢給我們顯示父愛的形象。請祢幫助我們以同樣的心胸去愛我們所服務的人。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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