Saturday, November 17, 2012

Year B 33rd Sunday Sermon & Radio Talk

  • Destruction of Jerusalem is a sign of the destruction of the world
  • Early Christians escaped from the destruction of Jerusalem because they took the words of Jesus seriously. We will escaped condemnation also by taking the words of Jesus seriously
  • Particular Judgment & General Judgment
  • We prepare Judgment by judging ourselves. We prepare to face God by first facing our own conscience  

Recording of English Sunday Sermon at Precious Blood Parish (Nov. 17 4:30 PM Mass):

http://fll.cc/images/stories/radio/fatheranthonyho/33%20Sunday%20B.mp3

Recording of Chinese radio talk:

http://fll.cc/images/stories/radio/2012/20121117/20121117frhotalk.mp3

You can listen to other Sunday sermons and radio talks HERE and HERE.

Please visit www.fatheranthonyho.ca for other materials.

Pax Sinica Article (Nov. 19) David ruled Israel 達味治理以色列

After the death of Saul, David went to Hebron and became king of the tribe of Judah. The northern tribes of Israel chose to follow Ishbaal, one of Saul’s sons. After a long civil war between the houses of David and Saul, David became the king of all Israel.
House of David
David chose Jerusalem, the city right on the border between Judah and the northern tribes, to be his capital. David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and thus made Jerusalem not only the political center, but also the religious center of Israel. For the Christians, Jerusalem is the figure of the Catholic Church and of heaven.
As David grew in power, Jerusalem became more like an imperial capital. David was living in a palace built of cedar wood imported from Labanon. However, the Ark of the Covenant was still in a tent. David told the prophet Nathan of his desire to build a house for God.
God told Nathan that David would not build the house, but God Himself would make David a house by making him the founder of a dynasty. It was the son of David who would build the temple that David had planned to build.
King David associated religion with government, and in everything he gave the first place to divine worship. In the Book of Psalms, seventy-three psalms were “Psalm of David”. The psalms are divided into five classes: the psalms of praise, of thanksgiving, of petition, penitential psalms, and the Messianic psalms, which contain prophecies concerning the coming Redeemer.
David expressed his sorrow for sins in the penitential psalms. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, and killed her husband Uriah. Later when his son Absalom revolted against him, David saw this as a punishment from God for his sins.
An author pointed out that David is a type of Christ: “David was born in Bethlehem, so was Christ; David spent his youth in obscurity, Christ spent the first thirty years of His life hidden in Nazareth; David conquered Goliath, Christ conquered Satan; David was persecuted by Saul even after he had saved his life; Christ is persecuted by the sinner after He has redeemed him from sin; David finally prevailed over all his enemies, Christ by His Resurrection gained a glorious victory over all His foes.”
King Solomon
Before his death, David admonished his son, Solomon, to be faithful and obedient to God, and to build the temple.
Solomon prayed for wisdom so that he could rule his people justly. God not only granted his prayer, but also gave him riches and honors.
God granted peace to Solomon so that he could build the temple. Solomon consecrated the temple by having the Ark of the Covenant carried in triumph into the temple, and by offered up a prayer. As human beings, we honor God both interiorly and exteriorly because we are composed of a soul and a body.
Solomon’s reign was glorious because he feared God. However, he became blinded by riches and honors and fell into the sins of multiplying wives and wealth for himself and into idolatry.
Heavy taxes and forced labor made Solomon unpopular among his subjects. After his death, one of Solomon’s top ministers, Jeroboam, and the elders asked Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, to relieve them of some of the burdens Solomon had laid upon them. Rehoboam, however, followed the advice of young and inexperienced friends, said to the elders, “My father made your yoke heavy, I shall make it heavier still! My father controlled you with the whip, but I shall apply a spiked lash!” (1 Kings 12:14)
The result was that ten tribes rebelled and chose Jeroboam as their king. The kingdom was divided!

撒烏耳死後,達味到赫貝龍,作了猶大支派的王;但北方各支派,卻擁護撒烏耳的兒子依市巴耳作王,因此以色列民族牽起內戰,直至達味一方取勝,統一整個民族,被尊為以色列王。
達味家族
達味選擇了位於猶大與北方支派的邊界----耶路撒冷城作國都,並恭迎天主結約之櫃入城,頓使耶路撒冷城不獨成為以色列民族的政治中樞,亦是他們的宗教中心;今天,我們也把耶路撒冷視為教會和天國的象徵。
達味王權日益壯大,他把耶路撒冷建作自己的城池,用黎巴嫩的香柏木建造皇宮;但他眼看天主的約櫃仍被放在帳幕內,遂向納堂先知透露,有意建造一所聖殿,恭奉約櫃。天主藉納堂先知告訴達味,祂要賞給達味一個王朝,但要他的兒子建聖殿,而非達味本人。
達味王政教合一,凡事以敬禮天主為先。聖經中的聖詠集,有七十三首屬於「達味之歌」,當中包含向天主頌讚、感恩、祈福和懺悔,也預言默西亞作為救世者的歌篇。
達味垂涎巴特舍巴美色,設計陷殺她的丈夫,把她據為己妻。受納堂先知嚴斥,達味深感後悔,寫下悔罪詠句。巴特舍巴為達味生的第一位兒子夭折,達味其中一位兒子---阿貝沙隆做反,達味都視為天主的懲罰。
有學者把達味與基督並論:「達味和基督均在白冷出生;達味童年寂寂無聞,基督三十歲前在納匝肋隱居;達味擊殺巨人哥利亞,基督戰勝撒旦;達味被撒烏耳恩將仇報,基督同樣被祂所救贖的罪人恩將仇報;達味清除異己、臣服敵人,基督復活,戰勝死亡,得到最終的光榮,降服眾生。」
撒羅滿王
達味逝世前傳位兒子撒羅滿,並要他對天主忠信服從,並為天主建造聖殿。
撒羅滿王向天主祈求智慧,好能妥善地治理國民;天主不獨賞他智慧,亦賜他財富及權勢。
天主賜下太平,讓撒羅滿為自己建造聖殿。撒羅滿王把天主的約櫃迎入聖殿,並以祈禱來祝聖聖殿。我們應該從內心和外在,敬拜天主,因為我們有靈魂也有身體。
撒羅滿安坐光榮的王位,因為他敬畏天主;可惜後來卻因被財富和權勢迷惑而漸漸遠離天主,不但娶了眾多外邦妻妾,竟讓她們在國境內建造廟宇,敬拜邪神。
苛捐重稅令人民感到不滿,在撒羅滿駕崩後,重臣雅洛貝罕及眾長老,向繼位的勒哈貝罕進言,減免人民稅項的重擔,但勒哈貝罕在年少氣盛的朋友們的影響下說:「我的父親加重了你們的負擔,我更要加重,我父親用皮鞭責打你們,我反要用鐵刺鞭責打你們。(列王紀上12:14)」
結果,十個支派叛逆,擁立雅洛貝罕為王;以色列民族的王朝,從此分裂。

Bible History Series: http://fll.cc/index.php/component/content/article/789

Thursday, November 8, 2012

TV Program on Saints & Relics

Glad to see myself on TV!!!

I talked about saints and relics. Hope you enjoy watching this program.

Fr. Z’s Reflection on the Election

The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.”

Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely the leaders that reflect those vices. The vices feed the leaders, and they the vices.

We may no longer have the collective will to make the changes that must be made to change course.

The last couple days have prompted me to reflect on the Church’s primary job: to keep as many people out of hell as possible.

People will chose to sin, die in sin, no matter what we do to help them to a different course. We must strive to help save ourselves and as many others as possible.

St Augustine one day, in his basilica in Hippo, was preaching a tough message. He broke off his line of thought and explained that if he didn’t preach his tough message he could not be saved. If they listened or didn’t listen he was going to preach anyway and thus save his soul. “But” he concluded, “Nolo salvus esse sine vobis! … I don’t want to be saved without you!” (s. 17.2)

Now that we in the USA are, I think, on a course toward the iceberg, we need to consider soberly about how we will approach the time and resources we have left.

During this time when Benedict XVI has called us to revive the Faith where it has died or still just slumbers, get to work.

Will our shepherds be able to bear applying the remedies?

Augustine also said that the doctor doesn’t stop cutting just because the patient is screaming for him to stop.

Think frequent confession.

Think fallen away Catholics.

Think Four Last Things.

SOURCE: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/11/reflection-on-the-election/