8 Aug Sun, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

8/8/2021 8:34:52 AM
1 Kgs. 19:4-8 / Ps. 33:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9 / Eph. 4:30-5:2 / Jn. 6:41-51 (Ps Wk III)

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Today Jesus says, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever" (Jn. 6:51).

However, the Jewish leaders do not believe him. They think he is the son of Joseph, the carpenter. How does Jesus react? He does not get angry but instead invites them to believe: "Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life" (Jn. 6:47).

We believe Jesus is from heaven. Jesus feeds us with his flesh at every Mass. How do we know this is true? The Eucharist gives us the strength to be Christians.

Paul tells the Ephesians how a true Christian ought to live: "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger...Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Eph. 4:31-32).

It is not easy to be compassionate, to forgive someone who has hurt us, not easy to "walk in the way of love" (Eph. 5:2). Yet the Eucharist strengthens us, and it transforms us.

When we receive the Eucharist, Jesus gives us grace for eternal life. However, there is more. Jesus also gives us the grace to love deeply here and now on earth.

Lord, I believe in Your promise of eternal life. Transform me. Rid my soul of any bitterness, make me as deeply compassionate as You are.   

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8月8日 ( 日 ) 常年期第十九主日

列王紀上 19:4-8
聖詠 34[33]:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9
厄弗所書 4:30-5:2
若望福音 6:41-51

耶穌說:「我是從天上降下的生活的食糧;誰若吃了這食糧,必要生活直到永遠」(若6:51)。可是,猶太人只以祂為若瑟的兒子,並不相信祂。耶穌怎樣回應呢?祂沒有動怒,卻邀請他們相信:「我實實在在告訴你們:信從的人,必得永生」(若6:47)。我們相信耶穌是從天上降下來的生命之糧,在感恩祭,祂以祂的體血養育我們。我們怎麼知道這是真實的呢?因為聖體聖血聖事,賦予我們力量。保祿教厄弗所人要這樣做個真正的基督徒:「一切毒辣、怨恨、忿怒、爭吵、毀謗以及一切邪惡,都要從你們中除掉;彼此相待,要良善,要仁慈,互相寬恕,如同天主在基督內寬恕了你們一樣」(弗4:31-32)。以良善、仁慈,彼此相待,並要寬恕曾經傷害過自己的人,「又應該在愛德中生活」(弗5:2),不是容易的事。但基督的體血聖事堅強我們,轉化我們。我們不但能夠藉著聖體聖血聖事得到永生,而且還能得到力量在現世的生命中,活出耶穌所教導的愛德。

主,我相信祢要將永生賜給我。請祢轉化我。請祢除掉我靈魂的怨恨,教我像祢一樣良善仁慈。

(theology.org.hk)
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