Monday, June 14, 2010

My Sunday Sermon

Last weekend was very busy. My pastor was still in Rome, had to say all the Masses here at St. Pat’s plus the Chinese Mass @ CC.

Very glad to see my cousin, who is a nun from the U.S.

 

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Here are the main points of my Sunday Sermon:

  • King David sinned because he failed to safeguard his senses. Our senses are like windows to our heart. During summer time, we need to put a screen to prevent bugs getting into the house. Once they get in, it’s hard to get them out. Evil desires are like bugs, once you let them in, it’s hard to get them out. It’s important to safeguard our senses and not let evil desires to spring up in our heart.
  • When we sin, we not only break some rules, but we act against God Himself. King David finally acknowledged that he had sinned against the Lord. The prophet Nathan reminded David the good God had done to him, to bring about his repentant. Recalling the blessings we have received from God helps us to be faithful and not to sin.

A Story:

Two men once visited a holy man to ask his advice.  “We have sinned,” they said, “and our consciences are troubled.  We have come to confess our sins, what penance ought we to do.”  “Tell me your sins, my sons,” said the holy man.  The first man said, “I committed a great and grievous sin.”  The second man said, “I have done a number of wrong things, but they are all quite small and not at all important.”  “Go,” said the holy man, “and bring me a stone for each sin.”  The first man staggered back with an enormous boulder.  The second man cheerfully brought a bag of small pebbles.  “Now,” said the holy man, “ go and put them back where you found them.”  The first man shouldered his rock again, and staggered back to the place from which he had brought it.  But the second man could only remember where a very few of his pebbles had lain.  He came back to the holy man, saying that the task was too difficult.  “Sins are like these stones,” said the holy man.  “If a man has committed a great sin, it lies like a heavy stone on his conscience; yet if he is truly sorry, he is forgiven and the load of guilt is taken away.  But if a man is constantly doing small things that he knows to be wrong, he does not feel any great load of guilt, and so he is not sorry, and remains a sinner.  So you see, my sons, it is also very important to avoid little sins.” 

  • We should be sorry for both our mortal and venial sins.
  • In the Gospel Simon had small sins (neglecting washing Jesus, giving Him the kiss of greeting, and anointing His head) , and Jesus pointed them out.
  • The woman reminds us that in Confession, if our sorrow for sin and our love for God are great, God can give us more than what we have lost by sin.

The stories of St. Mary of Egypt and St. Margaret of Cortona were told during Sunday Sermons. They did the 3 things we focus during Lent: prayer, penance, and works of mercy.

  • They prayed for the grace of perseverance. Prayer to Our Lady is powerful.
  • They left the places where they sinned. We need to avoid occasions of sin. They disciplined their bodies. Discipline and conversion are closely linked.
  • The best way to avoid sin is to do good: we should do good to others by praying and doing penance for them. St. Margaret visited the poor sick and instructed sinners.

 

Very blessed to give 1st Communion to one of our parishioners.

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