9 Aug Sun - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

8/9/2020 5:06:48 PM
1 Kgs. 19:9,11-13 / Ps. 84:9-10,11-12,13-14 / Rom. 9:1-5 / Mt. 14:22-33 (Ps Wk III)

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This story of Elijah has a very important religious message, but one which has a very significant opposite. For Elijah, the Lord was in the gentle breeze, as Psalm 46:10 encourages us: "Be still and know that I am God".

Interior silence is a special factor of true spirituality. Elijah's story affirms "the Lord was not in the wind"; "the Lord was not in the earthquake"; "the Lord was not in the fire". Yet St Ignatius has taught us to find God in everything, or as some spiritual masters prefer to interpret it: God can find us in anything.

In our somewhat fragile world, so broken up by our human abuse, we do well to reflect: can God be for us in the earthquake, the typhoon, the fire, the tsunami, the coronavirus?

Lord, do teach us to find You even in the coronavirus and other crises.
  

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8月9日( 日 )   常年期第十九主日

列王紀上 19:9,11:13
聖詠 85[84]:9-10,11-12,13-14
羅馬書 9:1-5
瑪竇福音 14:22-33

厄里亞的故事有個非常重要的宗教訊息,不過,意義倒是相反的。為厄里亞來說,天主在輕微細弱的風聲中,猶如聖詠46:11鼓勵我們要停下來︰「你們要停手!應承認我是天主」。真正從事靈性修為,不可能缺少內心寧靜這個元素。厄里亞的故事肯定「上主不在暴風中」、「上主不在地震中」、「上主不在烈火中」。然而,聖依納爵教導我們,在萬事萬物中尋找天主,又正如一些靈修大師喜歡這樣加以的解釋︰無論如何,天主都可以找到我們。

我們的世界,慘遭人類虐待、濫用,已經支離破碎,相當虛弱了。我們最好反省︰對我們來說,天主在地震、颱風、烈火、海嘯、新冠肺炎當中嗎?

主,教我們即使在新冠肺炎和其他危難當中,都仍然能夠找到祢。


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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