Posts Tagged ‘Lent’
 

 
「Spiritual Talk」Fifth Sunday of Lent – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend is the Fifth Sunday of Lent; the Gospel comes from John 11:1-45 and talks about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in Bethany. Lazarus was the brother of Martha (who busily served Jesus) and Mary (who silently listened to Jesus teach), and was also a good friend of Jesus. He was severely ill one day and when Jesus heard this, He waited two days before departing for Bethany, allowing His friend to suffer first before He raised him from the dead, revealing the mystery of the resurrection before their eyes and proving His identity as the resurrection and the life. We might be surprised to learn that God permitted His good friend to suffer, but God works good from evil, and even permitted His own Son to die so that we might be saved. In the Apostles Creed, we profess "I believe in the resurrection of the body" along with Martha to recognize Christ as the resurrection every Mass. According to St. Thomas, the resurrection strengthens our faith in four ways: (1) it relieves our grief upon the death of our loved ones, because we have hope in their resurrection; (2) it removes our fear of death, because we know a greater life exists afterward; (3) it encourages us to do good in this life, because we know there is an eternal reward after; and (4) it makes us avoid evil, because we know there is an eternal punishment after.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 28


 
We are spiritually dead. Who can help?

In this 5th Sunday of Lent, we continue our Lenten journey with a magnificent meditation from the Gospel of John, the story of raising Lazarus from the dead. The details of John’s Gospel are meant to capture a deeper purpose. In this story, we hear about a man named Lazarus, which means “God helps”. He […]
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 29


 
Something Dying Leads to Something Coming to Life

Most of us are experiencing unusual suffering right now, and the human person needs to understand what's going on! On a human level, once we have clarity about how long this crisis will last and how to respond, we can go forward! On the deeper spiritual level, each of us needs to understand what's going on with me and my problems.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 29


 
「Spiritual Talk」Fourth Sunday of Lent – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend is the Fourth Sunday of Lent; the Gospel comes from John 9:1-41 and talks about Jesus healing a man blind from birth, which divides the witnesses present. During Pharisees' unceasing questioning of the man, he first calls Jesus a "man", then a "prophet", then "Son of Man", and finally "Lord". This miracle already led him to approach God, one step at a time, and the Pharisees' questioning increased his courage and led him to be unafraid of being expelled from the synagogue or being insulted. The Pharisees did not question him to discover the truth, but to find a reason to claim Jesus did not come from God. This division also extended to his family too, when the Pharisees questioned his parents and they adamantly told them to ask their son directly, clearly afraid of being expelled from the synagogue. Jesus later asked the healed man, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" The man answered yes, showing that not only were his physical eyes opened, but also his spiritual eyes. On the other hand, the Pharisees' physical eyes were able to see, but they were spiritually blind and refused to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, even plotting to kill Him. So the teachings of Christ often divide society because we must make a decision to receive His light or not. We should receive the spiritual light He brings, to drive out the inner darkness from our hearts.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 21


 
We Can Only See What We Are Willing to See

This week's readings remind us of our blind spots: areas that we may have willfully chosen to ignore.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 22


 
「Spiritual Talk」Third Sunday of Lent – Fr. Anthony Ho

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Lent and the Gospel reading comes from John 4:5-42, where Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman. In ancient times, the Kingdom of Israel was split in two: the remnant Kingdom of Israel to the north and the Kingdom of Judah to the south. The King of Assyria brought five foreign peoples into the Kingdom of Israel, who also brought their own gods, and slowly the inhabitants of Israel began to incorporate these foreign religions into the true faith. Thus, the southern Kingdom of Judah, which remained faithful to the Temple, began to look down on the northern Kingdom of Israel (later known as Samaria) as traitors and refused to deal with them. In this situation, Jesus told the Samaritan woman to fetch her husband. But when she responded truthfully that she had no husband, Jesus told her that she had five and the current one wasn't her husband. Jesus was alluding to the foreign gods introduced by the foreign peoples brought in by the King of Assyria and how the Kingdom of Israel had abandoned the true God. Through this woman, Jesus was searching for the Samaritan people, who had lost their faith, and was bringing them back through Baptism. When He promised her living water, He was referring to the Sacrament of Baptism, which could purify our idol worship. God's relationship with His People is like that between a husband and his wife. Jesus emphasizes this theme many times in the Gospels - He heals the son of a Gentile official and works a miracle at the wedding in Cana - to show us that the Gentiles are now adopted into the marital covenant with the Chosen People.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 14


 
【Spiritual Talk】The Second Sunday of Lent – Fr. Anthony Ho

This weekend is the Second Sunday of Lent, which focuses on the Transfiguration of Our Lord. One of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, Jesus prepares for His Passion, Death, and Resurrection with the Transfiguration. He brings Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain when His face shines like the Sun, his clothes become dazzlingly white, and two Old Testament figures appear - Moses and Elijah. Peter is shocked and suggests to build three tents for them but before he can finish, a voice announces, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him." A cloud appears and covers them, reminding us of how God's Presence on Earth was indicated by a cloud in the Old Testament. When the Chosen People were in the desert, God's pillar of cloud guided them from the Tabernacle. Furthermore, the setting of the Transfiguration on top of a mountain reminds us of Moses' face shining after he meets God on Mount Sinai. Jesus' Transfiguration shows us that He succeeds the old law represented by Moses and the old prophets represented by Elijah. Jesus showed His glory to the Apostles before His Passion to teach them that suffering is temporary, but those who suffer for God will be rewarded with glory, and that glory will never end.
Publish date: 2020 - 3 - 7


 
【Spiritual Talk】The First Sunday of Lent – Fr. Anthony Ho

This week, the Church celebrates the beginning of Lent, the forty days of preparation for Easter. In fact, there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday, but since fasting is not kept on Sundays, the Sundays are not included in the calculation. This Sunday, the Gospel reading is about Jesus spending forty days in the desert praying and fasting, which reminds us of the forty days Moses spent in the desert, praying and fasting to prepare to receive the Ten Commandments from God. When the Devil tempts Jesus, He quotes from the Book of Deuteronomy that Moses wrote, using the Word of God as His weapon. When the Devil tempts Jesus to turn stones into bread, He quotes Deuteronomy 8:3, "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." When the Devil tells Jesus to jump from a height to display His power as the Son of God, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:16, "You must not put the Lord your God to the test." Finally, the Devil tells Jesus to worship him in return for the world's wealth and honour, but Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:13, "You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him alone." We often rely on our selfish desires to make decisions when we encounter temptation and often make mistakes and distance ourselves from God. When we frequently read Scripture, meditate, and pray the Rosary, we immerse ourselves in the grand scheme of the Gospel, training us to naturally use the Word of God to resist temptation when it comes our way.
Publish date: 2020 - 2 - 29


 
Pope Francis: Fasting frees us from attachment to things and from the worldliness that numbs the heart

It is time 'to stop, to focus on what is essential, to fast from the unnecessary things' Fasting from food or other things during Lent is a chance for Catholics to reorient their material attachments, Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday, as he urged people to slow down and turn to Christ during the penitential season.
Publish date: 2019 - 3 - 7


 
Has Christ Rendered the Old Testament Law Obsolete?

Is Christianity guilty of spurning God's commandments in the Old Testament? Let's turn to the Patristic writers for an answer
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 4


 
At the foot of the cross

Maria is a social worker and an art therapist. She hosted an exhibition of her ceramic artwork during the Lenten season. She has made crosses in many different style and wants to share it with others. During the preparation process, she found that God has His own plan and arrangement, and she realized she is only a tool of God. This exhibition, entitled “At the foot of the cross” is for those who wish to contemplate the spiritual journey of Jesus’ passion and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit to encounter Jesus.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 24


 
Pope Francis: We are called to face the Evil one through prayer, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life

(CNA/EWTN News) Lent is a time to face our temptations and be converted by the Gospel, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the first Sunday of Lent.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 22


 
Pope Francis: See and contemplate the face of Crucified Love

(CNA/EWTN News) At Mass for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of God the Father.
Publish date: 2018 - 2 - 15


 
The Spiritualization of the Body

M-A-R-A-N-A-T-H-A! Come, Lord Jesus! We long for the day of the resurrection – the day our body, redeemed and spiritualized, returns to perfect unity and harmony with the spirit.
Publish date: 2017 - 4 - 2


 
Edwin’s Blog – Lent

Publish date: 2016 - 2 - 20


 
Living out Lent

On this week’s “Love and Life”, we will talk about the meaning of Lent and the attitude we should hold during this time as Catholics. Although the Liturgy during Lent was designed for Catechumens, it also gives the Baptized a chance to renew their faith, through acts of penance, prayer, almsgiving and other forms of sacrifice. In addition, we will also discuss the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches as well as the topic of ecumenism.
Publish date: 2016 - 2 - 13


 
Waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ

Passion    I      II     III     IV     V     VI     VII     VIII     IX     X     XI     XII     XIII     XIV     XV   Easter He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6 Noël Coypel, 1871 “We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy […]
Publish date: 2015 - 3 - 27


 
Painting Christ’s Passion

On this week’s “Love and Life”, we will discuss the meaning of Lent and the Way of the Cross. We will also talk about an art workshop which focused on the theme of Christ's Way of the Cross. From this experience, through an interactive way of praying with painting and writing, the participants can better understand Jesus' suffering and His sacrifice of love.
Publish date: 2015 - 3 - 28


 
Spiritual Talk – Third Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Just as the temple Jesus referred to is in reference to his own body, our bodies are also the dwelling place of God. We must purify ourselves and rid ourselves of sin so that Jesus' Eucharistic body can enter our bodies. Regardless of how presentable our appearances are, living a life of morals is the most important thing.
Publish date: 2015 - 3 - 8


 
Jesus said: “Whom are you looking for?”

The Mass of Easter Sunday When every dream in our lives seems to vanish and every expectation dashed, the sight of an empty tomb can be devastating. The fear within us can blindsight us from seeing the real meaning of the empty tomb. And we doubt whether we will survive our own Good Fridays. Looking […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 20


 
Not my will but yours be done!

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death.” (Phil 2:8) Have we ever contemplated what kind of sacrifice the Son of God offered to us by emptying Himself to be born in human likeness, taking the form of a slave? As Creator of all, He has […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 13


 
Spiritual Talk – Year A Palm Sunday of 2014

On Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, Fr. Anthony Ho speaks to us on Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem in the Gospel of Matthew. He compares this day of joy with the heartbreaking day of Jesus' Passion, bringing us on a journey with Him through the Stations of the Cross, prompting us to wonder: just how was Jesus' glory revealed? Was it through his time of entering Jerusalem, as he was being surrounded by the celebratory crowd? Or was it when he was crucified on the cross in sacrifice for the whole world?
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 12


 
Come, children, come… I will give you living water…

Third Sunday of Lent Jesus revealed Himself as Christ for the first time in the Gospel of John, not to a Jew, but to a Samaritan woman. And the woman did not harden her heart but believed in Jesus. She left her water jar behind her and became the first one (or one of the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 23


 
We are just human…

四旬期第一主日 我們常常不滿足自己作為人類的身份。我們渴望成為更大的、想要成為天主。這正好製造機會讓撒旦操縱我們的生命。 撒旦最擅長用美麗卻帶欺騙性的言語去引誘我們。而在耶穌被魔鬼試探的過程中,魔鬼甚至引用聖經作為陷阱。他誘惑我們透過依賴世間的權力及財富去逃避受苦,促使我們犯罪而最終帶來更大痛苦。當心撒旦的謊言啊!他以恐懼及不安全的感覺來「餵飼」我們,使我們寧願選擇邪惡而放棄擇善,並去牢牢地執著本應棄絕的事物。可是,我們不要輕視撒旦的智慧,以為靠自己可以匹敵。 相反地我們先要接納並擁抱自己的軟弱及無能,學習接納自己只是人。棄絕自我並相信只要我們有天主,我們便擁有所需要的一切。讓我們不要忘記雖然我們的原祖父母不遵守天主給他們唯一需要嚴守的誡命,但是天主仍然繼續深愛他們及所有世人。試問我們還需要有甚麼更好的保證?當我們可以選擇依靠天主的大能時,為什麼我們一定要執著依賴自己渺小的力量呢? 要知道齋戒、祈禱、及施予能幫助我們去依賴全能的天主而非依賴自己。當我們踏入四旬期時,讓我們決心透過謙卑及服從的心去棄絕自我,跟隨基督! First Sunday of Lent We as human are often times not content to be just human. We desire to be bigger, we want to be God. That makes room for Satan to take over our lives. Satan uses beautiful but deceptive words to lure and trap us. During the Temptation […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 9