News Bulletin – English

2020-09-06 Bulletin

Reconciliation in the Church In the First Reading, the Lord appointed the prophet Ezekiel as watchman for the house of Israel. In that role, Ezekiel was responsible for speaking out and dissuading the wicked from their evil ways. If the wicked refuses to turn from his evil ways, they shall die for their guilt, but Ezekiel would have done what was right. Does that mean we are also responsible for pointing out other people’s evil ways? Regardless of whether you…

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2020-08-30 Bulletin

Follow Me Jesus made known to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. (Matthew 16:21) This prediction of the Lord’s Passion caught Jesus’ disciples by surprise. Evidently, Peter along with the other disciples, did not understand what kind of Messiah Jesus was; they expected a warrior king who would conquer the enemies of Israel in a military…

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2020-08-23 Bulletin

Keys of the Kingdom Since the beginning of His public life, Jesus chose certain men, twelve in number, to be with Him and to participate in His mission. He gave the Twelve a share in His authority and sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God, to heal the sick and to drive out demons. Jesus gave Simon Peter primacy among the Twelve. When Jesus asked the Twelve who they thought He was, Peter had confessed: “You are the…

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2020-08-16 Bulletin

Scraps of Grace The Canaanite woman came to Jesus for help. Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The woman begged, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Jesus replied, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed. (Matthew 15:24-28) Inasmuch as there are so many great things to reflect…

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2020-08-09 Bulletin

Walking on Water In the Old Testament, after Elijah had slit the throats of four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal at the brook of Kishon, Jezebel the queen was enraged and she sought to have Elijah killed. Elijah fled for his life and ended up in a cave on Mount Horeb. Elijah was distraught and called out to God for help. God told Elijah to stand before Him, for He will be passing by. There was a heavy wind,…

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2020-08-02 Bulletin

Five loaves and two fish It had been a long day for Jesus. After teaching and travelling for days, He got the news that His cousin, John the Baptist, had been murdered. He got into a boat and headed for a deserted place, so that He could be alone. But a vast crowd went out to see Him. Despite His weary body and saddened heart, Jesus was moved with pity for the people and He cured their sick. When evening…

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2020-07-26 Bulletin

Three more parables After explaining to His disciples the parable of the wheat and the weeds, Jesus tells them three more parables. The parable of the hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44) and the parable of the pearl (Matthew 13:45-46) tell us how two persons gave up everything they had for the sake of one ultimate prize. Indeed, the common words shared by these two parables are that after they “found” the treasure, they “went and sold all that they had to…

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2020-07-19 Bulletin

Patience for the harvest The parable of the wheat and the weeds tells us that in the world, those who do evil exist side by side with those who are good. If we think of the landowner as God and the harvest time as the end of the world, then we can see clearly that God intends to separate the bad from the good in the world at the final judgment. But why does God wait until then? The parable…

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2020-07-12 Bulletin

Life in the Spirit One of the most powerful letters of St. Paul is contained in Romans chapter 8. There we see the tension between the flesh and the spirit, slavery and adoption, present suffering and the hope for future glory. Romans chapter 8 is a great material for meditation and reflection. Our Lord Jesus Christ completed His work of redemption through His suffering and death on the Cross, thereby destroying the power of sin over man. However, St. Paul…

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2020-07-05 Bulletin

July 9 is the Feast Day of the Holy Martyrs of China。 With the bishop’s permission, we will celebrate it on Sunday, July 5, 2020.  Where your heart is In the Gospels, Jesus tells His disciples not to seek security in the things of this world, but in the treasures of heaven. Hence, Jesus exhorts them to be steadfast in faith, and He tells them a parable to illustrate what He means: A servant was entrusted with his master’s household,…

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