8 Jun Mon - 10th Week in Ordinary Time

6/7/2020 10:20:18 AM
1 Kgs. 17: 1-7/ Ps. 121(120):1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8 /Mt. 5:1-12 (Ps Wk II)

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As Moses went up Mount Sinai to encounter God and receive the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, so Jesus goes up the mountain and sits down, as a teacher to teach his disciples and the crowd who were with them. Jesus spoke with authority.

Matthew intends to compare and contrast Jesus with Moses: Moses received his teaching from God, but Jesus spoke on his own authority. Of course, elsewhere in the Gospels, Jesus attributed his teaching to the Father from whom He received all he possessed.

"Beatitude" is a Latin word for "an abundant happi-ness". Each of the beatitudes begins with the word "blessed." The Greek word "œmakarios" translated as "blessed" means "extremely fortunate, well off, and truly happy because one is favoured by God. That's it! God loves us so very much that He sent his Son to teach us the way to achieve ‘abundant happiness." Jesus told us how to do this, and he showed us how to do this. I believe that God continues to send people and situations our way to reinforce this teaching.

In reading Jesus' sermon on the Mount, we may at times, feel that the demands of discipleship are so great and so idealistic that the cost of discipleship can only leave us sad, as something beyond our abilities. Still, Jesus promises us we will be consoled.

God our Father through the truth that Jesus reveals to us, console us, as disciples and apostles of Jesus, Your Son, with an ever more liberating faith, an ever firmer hope and a more sanctifying love. 


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6月8日( 一 )   常年期第十週

列王紀上 17:1-6
聖詠 121[120]:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8
瑪竇福音 5:1-12


梅瑟上了西乃山,與天主相遇,接受刻有十誡的石版;耶穌也上了山,坐下,以師傅的身分,開口教訓門徒和同他們在一起的群眾。耶穌的教訓具有權威。瑪竇有意將耶穌和梅瑟作一比對:梅瑟的教訓來自天主,但耶穌的教訓來自祂自己的權威。當然,在福音其他地方,耶穌表明祂的所有教訓不是祂的,而是由天父而來的。

讀山中聖訓,我們可能有時,也許甚至經常會感覺到當中提及作門徒的要求,是那麼的高超,以至我們因為感到力有不逮,而惆悵苦惱。可是,耶穌許諾:我們要受安慰。

我們的天父,求祢透過耶穌給我們這些身為祢聖子的門徒和宗徒所啟示的真理,安慰我們,使我們的信德把我們釋放,使我們活得更自由,使我們的望德更穩固,愛德更聖潔。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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