Mayordomos de los dones de Dios 天主恩寵的管家
Glimpse of Spirituality （靈修一瞥）40 Fr. Abraham Chiu 趙必成神父
It is so special that even one of the scribes came to Jesus, asking Jesus for becoming his disciple. He said: “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied the scribe by illustrating the requirement of discipleship, i.e. the wandering life of Jesus: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
After hearing this, one of the disciples intended to leave Jesus by saying, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” His father has not yet died. What he meant is that he would leave Jesus now and wait until his father passed away. Jesus insisted: “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
The verb “follow” (akolouthēsō) is meant that a person attending Jesus’ life and accompanying him to the kingdom of heaven. That is to say, anyone who willingly follows Jesus, s/he must live the life of Jesus, i.e. the cross. This life is too hard to some disciples. They simply opt for their family life rather than Jesus’ unstable life.
Jesus required that discipleship should take absolute precedence over everything else. Regarding the burial of parents, Jesus told the disciple to let the dead bury the dead. The meaning must be paradoxical and ironic that it denotes the spiritual death. So the buriers of the dead are those who have rejected Jesus and his calling. They loved parents more than Jesus (Matt 10:37) and had chosen death instead of the life eternal. In other words, the meaning of Jesus’ statement should be “Let the living dead who are in the world bury those dead in the body.”
The disciple is told by Jesus to let the dead bury their own dead. In this way the evangelist informs us that Jesus’ mercy is not emotional. It is life, real life. Jesus freely bestows grace on his disciples but he is not to be presumed upon.
Love gives and requires in equal measure.
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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