7 Aug Fri - 18th Week in Ordinary Time - SS Xystus II, Pope & Comps. Martyrs

8/6/2020 5:40:23 PM
Nah. 2:1,3; 3:1-3,6-7 / (R. Ps.) Deut. 32:35-36; 39,41 / Mt. 16:24-28 (Ps Wk II)

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Today's Gospel reading refers to the conditions for following Jesus and the cost of discipleship.

A disciple of Jesus has to be ready to 'deny' oneself and be prepared to shoulder the 'cross' as an imitation of Christ. This would entail the surrendering of one's life to God and embrace the struggles and sufferings as part of discipleship. So, we cannot think of Christianity without the Cross.

We are invited to reflect what it means for us today in terms of 'denying oneself', 'taking up the cross' and 'following Jesus'. This is our challenge every day in different situations as Christians.

In the first reading from Nahum (which means 'comfort'), we draw lessons from the fall of Nineveh. We recall how prophet Jonah was sent to announce its destruction, and the people repented. So, the destruction was temporarily averted.

However, Nineveh reverted to its extreme wickedness, brutality and pride; and it was overthrown. Nineveh caused its own downfall!

In contrast, a disciple of Jesus is humble, ready to deny oneself and carry the cross that leads one to the eternal kingdom of God.

Where are we on this journey?

"Lord, grant us the strength to remain steadfast in our faith and to reflect this conviction in our daily life." 


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8月7日( 五 )   常年期第十八週

納鴻先知書 2:1-2; 3:1-3,6-7
(詠)申命紀 32:35-36,39,41
瑪竇福音 16:24-28

耶穌告訴我們生命中真正重要的,不是屬於這個世界的權力或財物,甚至不是我們抓緊不放的性命,真正重要的,是我們如何去生活,為獲得永生。依納爵神操的「原則與基礎」這樣提醒我們:「人受造的目的是為讚美、崇敬、侍奉我們的主天主,由此妥救自己的靈魂」(神操23)。這是我們人生的終極方向,其他所有的一切,都是為了協助我們達到這個目的。

讓我們再一次聆聽耶穌在今天福音中的話,並深切感受一番,然後嘗試坦誠地跟耶穌對話。

或許,我們只顧掙錢養家,而忽略了家人;或許,我們只顧滿足自己,而忽略了分享與給予;或許,我們過份追求這世界的財富,無暇顧及身旁有需要的人。耶穌邀請我們反省自己的生活,離真實的生命有多遠?就讓我們暫時放下手中的一切,仰觀一下天空,然後學習去愛身邊的每一個人。

主耶穌,請賜我一顆誠懇謙恭的心,細聽祢的話語,並將它默存心中,讓它滋長生根。


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(theology.org.hk)

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