7 Nov Sat 31st Week in Ordinary Time

11/6/2020 12:50:53 PM
Phil. 4:10-19 / Ps. 111:1-2,5-6,8,9 / Lk. 16:9-15 (Ps Wk III)

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Today's Gospel reading reminds us of the danger of placing wealth before God. Yet materialism has crept into our lives that we fall prey to its attraction and otherworldly pleasures.

Often, we do not realize that we are only stewards to our possessions as everything belongs to God! What we have is entrusted to us so that we may continue to share these gifts from God with the less fortunate.

Material possessions and money are short-lived. They cannot earn us a sense of everlasting peace, hope and love. Yet it takes wisdom to do good with the money we have. It is said that what we have is for the patrimony of the poor. St. Ambrose said, "You are not giving the poor the gift of a part of what is yours; you are returning to God something of what is His."

Let this be a good reminder each time we have shared what we have with the poor and needy. Another question we ask ourselves is: "Do we have friends among the marginalized, rejected and deprived in our midst?"

This is a crucial question we need to ask in order to be authentic witnesses of Christ.

This is how Jesus gave his answer to the criticism of his teaching on the proper use of stewardship of wealth. He said, while money gives worldly recognition and an appearance of righteousness, God sees the human heart!

"Lord, help us to take up the challenge to share what we have with those who are needy and deprived." 
 

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11月 7日( 六 )   常年期第三十一週

斐理伯書 4:10-19
聖詠 112[111]:1-2,5-6,8,9
路加福音 16:9-15


「愛財」使法利塞人偏離了他們跟隨並服侍天主的初衷。耶穌很嚴厲地說:「你們不能事奉天主而又事奉錢財」,我們須在金錢與天主之間作一選擇。耶穌並沒有要求我們放棄金錢或放棄賺錢的機會,而是要求我們對天主保持忠信,始終把祂放在生命的中心。

擁有錢財本身並沒有錯,善用的話,還可以為自己賺得永生,錯就錯在我們對待錢財的態度。不富裕的人同樣可以迷失在只顧賺錢致富的生活方式中。在掙錢的過程中,天主為他不再那麼重要,甚至乎已經變得是完全不重要了。這個世界有太多阻礙我們走向天主的障礙,錢是一個顯眼的障礙物,但還有太多不易察覺,卻容易讓人迷失的種種。我們的確值得在忙祿的同時,停下來問一問自己,到底是為了甚麼而忙碌?但願我們都能在忙碌的生活中,仍然看見主的身影。

主耶穌,求祢賜給我們恩寵,教我們唯獨奉祢為生命的主宰。


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