7 Sep Mon - 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

9/6/2020 3:08:25 PM
1 Cor. 5:1-8 /Ps. 5:5-6,7,12 /Lk. 6:6-11 (Ps Wk III)

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Today's Gospel reading describes a conflict Jesus had with the scribes and Pharisees. By healing the man with the withered hand on Sabbath, Jesus set Sabbath and religion free from the clutches of legalism. Excessive preoccupation with the letter of the law is dangerous.

Obedience to God's will is our main concern. If we refrain from doing good to the needy is tantamount to destroying life and failure to live a Christian way of life.

We are invited to examine our way of life in terms of reaching out to the needy ones around us; even in our religious practices. What is the basis of our responses to situations which call for our attention?

The first reading was about some members of the community in Corinth who misunderstood the meaning of their baptism, which was taken as a licence to justify immoral behaviour. In this instance, the man was immoral in marrying his stepmother (1 Cor 5: 1).

The community was asked to exclude him temporarily. This is how serious Paul was with this behaviour. He compared such with the old yeast which symbolises evil and wickedness.

If we are faced with such a situation in our community, how should we respond?

"Lord, grant us the grace to discern what is right or wrong so that we can respond to God's will every day of our life." 
    
  

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9月7日( 一 )   常年期第二十三週


格林多前書 5:1-8
聖詠 5:5-6,7,12
路加福音 6:6-11

耶穌無懼控告,依然公開治愈枯手的人。耶穌知道這是法利塞人設置的陷阱,想藉此控告祂違反安息日的規條。可是,耶穌的提問卻難住了他們:「安息日是許行善呢?還是許作惡呢?是救命呢?還是喪命呢?」耶穌寧願被他們控告,也不願失去一次治愈病人的機會。讓我們嘗試把自己置於這個場景,切身體驗。然後跟耶穌訴說自己的感受。不妨跟祂說,碰到這種兩難的情況,自己會如何做。會否依然選擇行善而不顧自己的安危?

生命中有太多時候需要我們在兩難的景況下做選擇,耶穌的從容不迫為我們樹立了榜樣。也許很多次我們選擇對自己有利的事,而忽略了去滿足他人的需要或失去了關心他人的機會。在此,耶穌教導我們要勇敢地行善,哪怕自己的利益會受到損害。這不容易做到,在做選擇時,我們的確也需要考慮自己的利益與安危。這正是一次將我們的軟弱呈現給耶穌並與祂交流的機會,並細察祂的回應。

主耶穌,求祢賜給我們勇氣,好能不畏艱難凶險,勇敢地追尋祢的智慧去行善。


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