Stewards of God's Gifts 天主恩寵的管家
Chinese New Year Mass &
Veneration Ceremony to Ancestors 2022
February 6, 2022
The Most Reverend Jaime Soto
Fr. Abraham Chiu
農曆新年彌撒 & 敬祖典禮 2022
A Glimpse of Spirituality （靈修一瞥）8 Fr. Abraham Chiu (趙必成神父)
Jesus is not a popular idol but a sign of contradiction. His presence is already the discernment within the people Israel, so that some fall and some rise. Jesus’ ministry shows us that even he wants to bring the scattered into God’s family, some will reject his invitation because for them, Jesus will not be a hope of promise fulfilled, but a figure that is to be opposed as Simeon says: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against.”
Actually, Jesus is not a divider. The purpose of his ministry that divides is so that the thoughts of the hearts might be made manifest. In fact, those who fall (ptōsin) because of Jesus will bring upon themselves ruin, i. e. the loss of salvation that is their utter misery.
Jesus is like a rock, whoever climbs up on him will reach heaven ultimately. To the contrast, those who reject this rock by kicking on it will go to their final dwelling place, i.e. hell.
How humans respond to God’s promise is made evident by how they respond to Jesus, whose presence reveals their true colors. Jesus comes, humans choose. Some oppose him and fall. Indeed, whoever accepts Jesus is accepted into God’s family, the eternal family.
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.
Check us out by coming to our Chinese mass on a Sunday, or just call one of the contact persons. See you soon!