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Posts Tagged ‘Epiphany’
 

 
Pope Francis: We can be the star for our brothers and sisters, as witnesses of the treasures of goodness and mercy that God offers freely to everyone

(Vatican News) Pope Francis prays the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, and invites us to proclaim the Gospel by allowing God’s light of love to shine for others to see.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 6


 
When the Foreigners Came to Jerusalem

When the Magi come to pay homage to the powerless infant in the manger, the time has come for the secret to turn into a reality, for Jerusalem to take the center stage, and for Daughter Zion to become the Bride of Christ – the Catholic Church.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 3


 
“Sunday Homily – Fr. Justin Huang” Evangelization Helps Us Begin Again

There’s a popular YouTube channel about exercise and one of the videos is entitled, “Can you touch your fingers behind your back? (Big Problem!).” An athlete should be able to put one hand behind their head and one behind their back and then touch their fingers—this flexibility will help them exercise properly.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 3


 
“Spiritual Talk” – The Feast of Epiphany – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany to commemorate Jesus revealing Himself to three groups of people: firstly, to the Gentiles when He accepted the gifts of the Three Magi from the East; secondly, to the Jews when He was baptized by John the Baptist; and thirdly, to His Apostles when He turned water into wine in the wedding at Cana. The first reading from the Book of Isaiah speaks of the glory of God while the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians teaches that the Gentiles have also been called. The gifts of the three Magi have significance: gold represents Christ's kingship, frankincense represents His divinity, while myrrh represents His humanity. We can also offer up our meritorious works as spiritual gold, our prayers as frankincense, and our mortifications as myrrh. The Church has a tradition of inviting the laity to offer up the bread and wine at the Offertory. The bread can represent all we have in our lives, while the wine can represent the needs of others. The perfect sacrifice of the Mass not only benefits Catholics, but also blesses the entire world, for the fruits of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross are distributed to all lands and times through the Mass. During this pandemic, the faithful will certainly receive the graces of the Mass if they sincerely thirst to receive the Eucharist and unite themselves spiritually to the Mass.
Publish date: 2021 - 1 - 2


 
Food for Thought Christmas Special: Tri-Colour Baked Cauliflowers

Epiphany is an important feast. For the first time since his birth, Jesus Christ reveals himself to gentiles – Wise Men from the East. Our “Tri-Colour Baked Cauliflowers” talks about the Wise Men and the gifts they presented to Jesus.
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 4


 
【Spiritual Talk】Feast of the Epiphany – Fr. Anthony Ho

This Sunday, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the coming of three wise men from the East who followed a star to worship Jesus and give Him gifts, as recorded in the reading from the Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12. Normally, this feast is celebrated on January 6th, but in some countries such as Canada, this day is not a public holiday, so it is celebrated on the nearest Sunday instead. Some people have attempted to explain the star's appearance with natural means, but the star stopped above Jesus, so this is very difficult. More people use the Jewish tradition to explain the star as an angel, just as an angel lead the Jewish people to the Promised Land. When the three wise men arrived at the house of the baby and His mother, they did not merely kneel but also prostrated themselves, a sign of worship. In Jerusalem, the chief priests and the scribes did not worship Jesus, but only foreigners did. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which were the first fruits of the Gentiles and showed Jesus as true God and true man. The early Church fathers admired the wise men's faith: although their physical eyes saw a baby, their eyes of faith saw God, and that is why they prostrated themselves and offered gifts. As faithful Catholics, our physical eyes see the Blessed Sacrament as bread, but our eyes of faith see God, hence why we kneel and offer up spiritual gifts.
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 4


 
“. . . peace among people of good will” (Lk 2:14)

Be it as simple as the shepherds or as wise as the Magi, God's blessings are the same for those who seek Him with good will and humility.
Publish date: 2018 - 1 - 7


 
Lord, Every Nation on Earth Will Adore You!

For a Gentile like me, who has benefited much from Christianity – a faith that traces its lifeline and origin to the “root of the olive tree” (Romans 11:17), namely the faith of Israel - the theme of the Epiphany of the Lord is particularly overpowering and enticing: salvation, revealed and promised by God from time immemorial through Israel, God’s chosen people, has come to the Gentiles, making them “coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Eph 3:6).
Publish date: 2015 - 1 - 2


 
Spiritual Talk Epiphany

This Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany, and Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us the events in the bible surrounding the revelations of Jesus as the Son of God. Like the Three Kings who came to worship Jesus, we can also offer our own gifts to Him, through good deeds, prayer and sacrifice to represent the gold, incense and myrrh that was offered. The miracle at the wedding at Cana also reminds us that as long as we carry with us the virtues of faith and hope, God will not disappoint us.
Publish date: 2015 - 1 - 3


 
Best Gift to Our New-Born King

主顯節(節日) 我們總是渴望天主對我們的指引能夠像聖經中形容好像東方所見的那星一般顯而易見。但是,我們未能領悟得到這是一個內在培養出來的修為,需要調整及謙虛自己,讓自己能更容易感受及聆聽得到天主的臨在及召叫,就像福音中那三個賢士一樣,決心去尋找基督。 同樣,我們亦需要透過我們的言與行去成為天主在世的標誌和臨在,讓那些尋找祂的心靈能於我們當中與主相遇。我們對世界的憐憫及公義的行徑就是最有效使他人與基督相遇的途徑。 我們要成為這世界的祝福,就要常將上主置於我們眼前 (聖詠 16:8-1, 宗徒大事錄 2:25-28) 但是,有些人像聖經中黑落德王一樣,為懼怕自己的私利及權力受到威脅,不擇手段地去殺害耶穌,摧毀通往基督的道路。究竟我們是天主臨於世上的渠道還是障礙呢? 當我們開始新的一年時,讓我們成為那些一見到那星(與主相遇)就極其高興喜歡的人,同時決心棄絕自己,不屈不朽地去尋找天主的道路,甚至改變自己的生命,如願意走另一條路的賢士們,挑選一條彰顯天主更大光榮的道路。 去讓天主於每一刻臨在於我們的生命就是我們能夠送給這新生王最好的禮物! Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord We always hope that God’s signs to us could be as visible and clear as the star in the East. Yet we fail to realize that it is a condition we need to cultivate within ourselves, to […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 5