Mayordomos de los dones de Dios 天主恩寵的管家
Glimpse of Spirituality（靈修一瞥）58 Fr. Abraham Chiu 趙必成神父
What is this God to us? Is God a harsh judge like the master in the parable? Is God still merciful and kind if God takes away our belongings even we have not?
The parable talks about the faith of Christians that they should learn from the first and second slaves as to earn a profit. Noteworthy is that the third slave acted differently from the other two. He treated the sum of money as a fixed deposit entrusted to him and he guarded it carefully. He was honest to the money from the master; to be certain was that he did not take away the money for himself. Why did the master, thus, treat him harshly? That brings us to the heart of this parable.
Jesus said, “cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there people will weep and gnash their teeth.” The adjective “worthless” (achreion) denotes that the slave was useless and good for nothing. He was condemned as worthless, metaphorically, because of his laziness and coward. This slave told his master: “so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.” What he was afraid was that he saw the master a person a hard man.
Love is not afraid of risk. In Jesus, the courage of love gives no room to fear before God. It is because we are supported by God’s merciful love in every moment. Thus, we are not afraid to take risk and we do not just bury our talents under the ground and safeguard our own salvation.
What we do at the present will be our own judgment on the last day. Or better, we are our own judges. It is exactly what the example of the third slave means. What gifts we receive from God are for sharing with others in order to follow Jesus’ as a fisher of people.
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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.
Check us out by coming to our Chinese mass at 2:00pm on a Sunday, or just call one of the contact persons. See you soon!
CHINESE CATHOLIC MASS 2:00 PM SUNDAYS
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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