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

8/6/2021 11:42:31 AM
Deut. 6:4-13 / Ps. 17:2-4,47-51 / Mt. 17:14-20 (Ps Wk II)

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The miracle story in the Gospel confirms that the power to 'heal and exorcise' is much related to 'faith'. Jesus was disappointed with the disciples that he responded by saying, "if only you have faith like a mustard seed, miracles will happen."

Here we can look at 'little faith' in two ways. Firstly, 'faith in words only' is not real faith. Secondly, 'faith' like a mustard seed that will move mountains consists of the 'trust' in God's power and purpose. It is said, "The issue of faith is not how much we have but where we place it." We recognise that the Almighty God is the 'mountain mover'.

Our faith is built on the trust that we have experienced in very ordinary as well as the extraordinary God-revealing presence. This is evidenced in the experiences of the Israelites as in the first reading. However, we have to be conscious that God is omnipresent and all-powerful in All God's deeds among us.

Our responsibility is to ensure that this 'faith' is passed on to all the generations to come.

Do we take this responsibility seriously? How do we express this in today's context, especially in a multi-racial and multi-religious society?

"Lord, teach us to be responsible disciples with faith and hope in Your Guiding Hands.".   

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8月7日 ( 六 ) 常年期第十八週

申命紀 6:4-13
聖詠 18[17]:2-3,3-4,47,51
瑪竇福音 17:14-20

雖然「醫者父母心」一般是指醫者對病者懷有如父母般關懷愛護的心。在今天的福音中,主耶穌這位醫者的典範,不僅表現了祂對病者的愛,也同時有一顆為人父母的同理心。

為父者眼見自己的愛子受病魔苦纏,雖不斷求醫,仍未見好轉,當然是心急如焚。因為他相信主耶穌能治好孩子的頑疾,便不顧一切,跪地渴求主的憐憫。主當然能把孩子的病治好,但是主耶穌真正要治療的,豈只是孩子身上的疾病,也是要協助門徒們克服信德不足的困境,並把父親從絕望中拯救出來。可見主耶穌如何把身邊的人視為家人般愛護和照顧。當然,主耶穌行奇蹟是為了讓人明瞭天國已經臨現,並叫人相信和參與其中。

願我們都能透過今天的默觀祈禱而蒙恩,不但能對身邊的朋友和家人們給予真實的關懷,並能幫助人增強信德。

主耶穌,我們感謝祢憐憫和包容我們的不足,願我們都能向祢學習,作一個身心靈的醫者。

(theology.org.hk)
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