9 Jun Tue - 10th Week in Ordinary Time

6/8/2020 1:58:48 PM
1 Kgs. 17:7-16/ Ps.4:2-3, 4-5, 7-8 / Mt. 5:13-16 (Ps Wk II)

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It is easier to understand how we are "the light of the world" than how we are "the salt of the earth". But if we understand "world"  as "human society", then it may be easier to follow Jesus' saying, regarding the "salt of the earth" in a more enlightening and perhaps more challenging way.

Salt is used in food as a preservative and for flavour-ing. It is quite an important part of our food, although too much can give rise to health problems, too little can also be dangerous. As salt is to food, so Christianity or reli-gion, in general, is a necessary part of society.

Too much religion in society can, cause society to become some theocracy, which, as we have seen in recent history can give rise to many evils, among them intoler-ance of the most vicious kind.

But if religion or at least the more noble religious values are missing entirely from society, we are faced with the debilitating and ultimately dehumanizing conse-quences of secularism and relativism.

As salt in food has a healthy preservative function, so religion in the right measure in society, through the culti-vation of high religious and human values such as respect and reverence, tolerance and charity, preserve and enhances our humanity.

By striving to be the salt of the earth in this way we become channels of God's truth and grace, light and joy and love, peace and justice

Lord, help us to accomplish this mission to be "the salt of the earth"


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6月9日( 二 )   常年期第十週

列王紀上 17:7-16
聖詠 4:2-3,4-5,7-8
瑪竇福音 5:13-16


我們大多數都會比較容易明白到自己為何是「世界的光」,至於「地上的鹽」,也許相對上就較為難以明白了。鹽是用來保存食物和調味。如果我們視「世界」為「人類社會」,便會較容易明白耶穌這話,也會發現「地上的鹽」所包含的啟發性和挑戰性。鹽是重要的食物,雖然太多或太少都會危害健康。基督宗教或其他宗教對社會的重要性,有如鹽之對食物。過份著重宗教,那怕只會產生神權政體,而我們也確實曾經見過由此而生的極端邪惡。可是,如果社會缺乏宗教或高尚的宗教價值,「世俗主義」和「相對主義」會削弱人性,正如教宗本篤十六世在不同場合鏗鏘道明的。又正如鹽能保存食物,社會中適度的宗教活動,特別是透過培育宗教和人性的高尚價值,如尊重、寬容和慈愛,能維護也能提升人性,使社會更加人性化和文明。這樣致力去通傳天主的真理、恩寵、光明、喜樂、慈愛、正義與和平,就是在致力成為地上的鹽。

主,請幫助我們履行地鹽世光的使命。


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