Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Stewards of God’s Gifts
Glimpse of Spirituality 靈修一瞥75 (Mark 8:27-33) Fr. Abraham Chiu趙必成神父
Jesus asked two questions about his identity. The first question: “Who do people say that I am?” The second is “Who do you say that I am?” It is a journey from blindness to full sight, from misunderstanding to understanding. What did open the eyes of the disciples? It is the cross of Jesus. In other words, following Jesus is no way but the Stations of the Cross.
Peter, speaking for the other disciples, publicly declared: “You are the Christ.” To say that Jesus was the anointed one of God, was to say that he was the Salvation of God, a God who is for humans! It is evident that Jesus was well pleased with Peter’s answer and confirmed his insight as a special revelation from God. In order to give a more advanced formation for his disciples, Jesus explained to them that he was not a political messiah who would reestablish the Davidic kingdom after overthrowing the Roman Empire. Instead, he was the messiah who would redeem humankind by his suffering, death, and resurrection.
In fact, the disciples were still blinded by their ignorance of God’s mission and their lack of faith. They still put on the lens of a political image of messiah and moreover, they just desired to avoid any suffering and death in their lives. When Peter heard from Jesus with respect to his being rejected and killed, he was not willing to follow Jesus that way. Who will like being rejected? The passive verb “rejected” (apodokimasthēnai) denotes a life of being disapproved and repudiated. Peter’s mind was filled with political fantasy. Thus, he was unable to accept the fact that following Jesus was a way of carrying a cross. Jesus rebuked Peter and called him Satan because the so-called smooth way of him was actually the real rejection of Jesus’ acceptance of God’s mission. Ironically, the smooth way of humans is not smooth enough to enter God’s kingdom.
What does Jesus mean to us? What difference does Jesus make in my life? Is the peace that we find in Jesus reflected in the way we live our lives and live our deaths?
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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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Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
c/o Sacramento Chinese Catholic Community
1017 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 583-8306
Priest: Fr. Abraham Chiu
President: John Wong