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常年期第30主日 Homily 30th Sunday OT C October 23, 2022


Homily 30th Sunday OT C,  October 23, 2022

By Franklin Fong, OFM


The readings today each give us a perspective to how our prayer life can come alive for each of us.

In the first reading from the book of Sirach we hear about God’s 

  1.  special openness to receiving prayers from the weak,  the oppressed, the orphan and the widow;

  2.  willingness to hear the prayers of those who have willingly served God.


In the Psalm 34 we hear of all the different ways that God will hear the

cries or prayers of the poor and how we pray with blessings and praise of our Lord.


In the 2nd reading from the 2nd Letter to Timothy we hear about how St Paul sees his eminent death and begins to recall how his past life was enriched by the many different ways that God’s presence was evident in his life: 

  1. God stood by him;

  2. God gave him strength; and

  3. God rescued him from every evil!

Paul makes it clear that our journey of life ends with death and so that we can be at the entrance to heaven!    Clearly only when the key to St Peter’s Gate is prayer done with faith in God, that the gate opens!


In the Gospel Reading, Jesus tells a parable about a Pharisee and a tax collector in order to teach a lesson about pride. As Jesus tells the parable, the Pharisee is not pleasing to God; the tax collector is.


In the parable, what the Pharisee says in his prayer is this: “I thank you, God, that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.”  The tax collector just prays for God to have mercy on him, a sinful man.


Now what exactly is wrong with the Pharisee’s prayer?  He likes looking down on that tax collector! And that is the worst kind of pride.   Notice that the parable doesn’t doubt the Pharisee’s truthfulness: he does have real moral excellence. And notice too that the Pharisee doesn’t congratulate himself on this moral excellence in himself. He thanks God for it; he gives God all the credit for it.


So, what is wrong with the Pharisee? He accepts that his excellence is a gift from the Lord. He just doesn’t want anybody else to have what he has. He likes looking down on that tax collector! And that is the worst kind of pride.  It is not humility!!!

True humility is seeing that every excellence you have is a gift from your loving Lord and is given to you so that you can share it with others in love and rejoice with them when they have it too.


So,  let’s  see how the three readings are connected:

•    The first reading teaches us that the prayer of the humble and the lowly are acceptable to God.  God answers our prayers by giving us justice.

•    The psalm helps us to articulate a true and humble prayer.

•    The second reading teaches us that in our desperate situation God is with us. We are not alone in our sufferings. Like St. Paul, we have to  have courage and to acknowledge his presence in our life struggles. This is prayer.

•    The gospel reading teaches us that we should be humble when we pray.


The take home message then is YES, we must pray with humility.  Remember that in the Eucharist we receive Jesus who comes to teach us that life is a matter of humble self-giving to others.  Giving to others does not exclude the strangers, or any other person,   nor the different forms of life in the created world that we live with, the trees, animals, insects, plants, and microbes !   


So, we must pray humbly and live our faith lives with humility.


So brothers and sisters of the Chinese Catholic Community,

 that is the Good News for this 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time.


Alleluia  Alleluia !


Fr. Fong







讀經一: 德訓篇 35: 12-14, 16-18
讀經二: 弟茂德後書: 4: 6-8, 16-18
路加福音 18: 9-14



在聖詠 34 篇中,我們聽到上主接納不同的祈禱方式,既俯聽窮人的哀號,又聆聽我們以感恩的心來讚美衪。

1/ 上主與他同在;
2/ 上主賜他力量;和
3/ 上主救他於危難之中!




• 讀經一教導我們,謙卑人的禱告是天主所悅納的。上主給我們正義來回應我們的祈禱。
• 聖詠幫助我們表達真實而謙卑的禱告。

• 讀經二教導我們,在我們的絕望中,上主與我們同在。在我們的苦難中,我們並不孤單。像聖保祿宗徒一樣,我們必須有勇氣並明認上主臨在於我們生活的掙扎之中。這就是祈禱。
• 今天的福音教導我們在祈禱時應該謙卑。



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