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Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament 
Stewards of God’s Gifts 

A Glimpse of Spirituality 靈修一瞥29                                 Fr. Abraham Chiu 趙必成神父

 

People will get hearing aids when they have hearing problems. However, when the heart and mind are blocked, the voice of God cannot be heard by any hearing aids.

Those who repeatedly asked who Jesus was had already seen the miracles with their eyes that Jesus performed. With their ears, they had also heard Jesus’ preaching; however, they still could not accept the fact that Jesus was the Messiah.

They questioned Jesus, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

The noun “suspense” (aireis) refers to a feeling of entanglement, which contains excitement, fear, hope, joy, or grief. In short, the crowd’s impression of Jesus is very vague. Simply, they have no faith. Though Jesus has revealed that he was the Messiah by his words and deeds, and the crowd still seemed to be unable to see or hear.

Jesus said, “The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me.”

Everything Jesus did was in the name of the Father. That is to say, the works were entrusted by the Father to Jesus.

The term “works” is plural, referring to all the works of Jesus on earth for the glory of the Father, particularly, his incarnation and resurrection. It was the way that the Father who revealed God’s eternal love to the world through Jesus. Without God, all miracles and the mysteries of incarnation could not be done on earth. Thus, Jesus emphasized that all works bore witness to him.

“Witness” (martyrei) is to prove that Jesus is the Messiah. As a matter of fact, the crowd really did not put what they saw and heard into their heart and mind; just as Jesus said: “you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.”

Unbelief is refusal. The refusal against Jesus is to challenge Jesus. This is the unsteady life under the state of unbelief.

Life is steady because with Jesus as our support. What we need to be with Jesus is faith.

 

聽覺如果發生問題,有助聽器

可是,心靈出現障礙,就听不到天主聲音

再三再四問耶穌是誰的那些人,眼睛,看過耶穌施行神蹟;耳朵,也聽過耶穌苦口婆心的宣講;可是,心靈就是接納不了耶穌是默西亞。

他們質問耶穌:“你使我們的心神懸疑不安,要到幾時呢?你如果是默西亞,就坦白告訴我們吧!”

“懸疑不安”(aireis)表示一種五味糾纏的感覺,裡麵包含興奮、恐懼、希望、喜悅或悲傷,換言之,群眾對耶穌的印象,非常模糊,說白,缺乏信德。

耶穌其實早就以言以行,啟示他就是默西亞,群眾依然好像看不見聽不到。

耶穌說:“我以我父的名所作的工作,為我作證。”

耶穌所作的一切,都是因父之名,意即天父委託耶穌所作的工作;“工作”(erga)是複數,指向耶穌在世所有工作,都是為光榮天父;降生成人以及死亡復活,是天父通過耶穌向世界啟示天主永恆的愛。

如果沒有天主,所有神蹟以及降生奧跡,不可能臨在人間,因此耶穌強調所有工作都可以為他作證。

“作證”(martyrei)就是證明耶穌是默西亞,看出,群眾實在沒有將所見所聞放到心靈體會,正如耶穌說:“但你們還是不信,因為你們不是屬於我的羊。”

不信,就是拒絕,拒絕耶穌,就是要挑戰耶穌,這是人的無信狀態之下的不踏實。

人生踏實,因為有耶穌作依靠,需要的,是信德

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Sacramento Chinese Catholic community was formed with the purpose of establishing a base for Chinese speaking people to come to know God and to worship him. Language barrier and ethnic difference have been keeping a lot of people from the house of God. They couldn't fully participate in the church and didn't have a sense of belonging. Now with our own Chinese speaking priest, the Sacramento Chinese Catholic Community is becoming more and more lively.


We sincerely invite you: if you were a Catholic and were not able to participate in mass or sacraments due to language barrier, this is your home; if you were a Catholic with no language barrier, are you willing to help God build up His church locally for the Chinese speaking people? If you were not a Catholic yet, you will find God here by feeling the love among our members.


Even if you were not one of those above, we still want to invite you to visit us and then you can properly introduce us to your friends who may need a group like this.

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c/o Sacramento Chinese Catholic Community

1017 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Phone: (916) 583-8306

Email: sccc.contact@gmail.com

Priest: Fr. Abraham Chiu
(510) 588-0481

President: John Wong
Email: sccc.contact@gmail.com

 

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