2019/01/24 - Homily - Post-pilgrimage mas

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INTRODUCTION


Today we are celebrating the feast of St Francis of Sales. He was a bishop of Annecy-Geneva in the midst of a harsh period in France during the war between Catholics and Protestants. He was the first one trying to use the weapon of love instead of the sword. He reintroduced it into the Church political behavior


HOMILY 


Until tomorrow we are still in the week of the prayer for the unity of all Christian churches. Thus we are invited to take part in the prayers because the split between the churches and their misconduct towards each other is not acceptable in the Christian meaning of our faith. Christ prayed his father to bring unity between his disciples in the way Christ son of God is united to his Father. The disunity remains the biggest scandal for the Christian faith. This scandal could be only compared with the sexual abuse scandals shaking the entire Christian reality. Nearly over one hundred years, each year such week of prayer is proposed in order to make every one realize that unity is everyone’s duty.  


We have to face such duty on three levels. Between the separates churches, of course, but  inside our community parishes and inside us as well. This singular topic is the base to both others. But as we know by our own experience, we a not yet totally unified, as much as God expected it within his eternal presence into the heavens. Thus in this earthly life we can only try to be unified by grace granted by the Holy Spirit. The week of prayer for the unity between churches and inside the community, shows us how much we have to expect from God. Indeed, He enables us through his power to be a little bit more conscious of what is going on. 


Today's readings we heard about Jesus going by the sea and having a rest. We were going by the sea following the footsteps of the first missionaries trying to unify the local people with God. We were there on the feast of the immaculate conception of our Lady. In the first reading, we heard about the priest of old testament who was definitely replaced by Christ. It was only possible because of his immaculate heart, the only one able to unify us with his heavenly father opening to us the gate of the heavens. 


We were on the beach by a very strong wind but sheltered into the fragile tents flapping and waving by the whole night. Even the water rose between the village and the beach making sheared the passage through an unstable beach. In our live we have to face so many times the situations related to that. The FAITH help us to understand our own fragile life and the help of God is really a power for us to face so many problems because United through himself we can seek unity between us.  Amen

   

2018/06/07 - Meditation - Dark

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Dark network, 


dark side of the life, 

dark profit, 

dark Sky, 

dark friends, 

dark future, 

dark stars, 

dark hole (black hole), 

dark universe, 

dark destiny, 

dark on black and white, 

dark with  brightness, 

dark on memory, 

dark because of such story, 

dark no matter why,  

dark even into the light, 


dark struggling to leave the dark.

   

2018/03/29 - Homily - Holy Thursday

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Today’s feast is the spatial one. The Memorial of the Last Supper. The Institution of the Eucharist as a gift of the presence of the loving God through Christ into the life of the disciples. It is also the feast of the institution of the priesthood as service of the community throughout the Eucharist. 


It is easy to imagine the scene. Jesus with his disciples sharing a meal, and sharing his live. Both.  As it happened so many times before. But there, it is the last time before Jesus` Passion and Cross. 


Meal sharing is a way for sharing life. When we bring people to our table it is an invitation to share our lives. Meal sharing is persons sharing. In this sense, I am “invitable” willing to share a supper just after the Saturdays’ mass celebrated in this chapel. 


This night, we are together. We are sharing the Holy Thursday mass. You, the Dominicans` community welcoming us, the French speaking community. Thus we are in communion because of Jesus who put us together. During the Chrism mass presided by our bishop Michael Yeung in the cathedral this midday, a great many priests, religious and deacons came to renew the promises of Holy Orders together.  


This night, right now, we are celebrating the last supper of our Lord. He is present among us. He identifies himself with the food and drink that are being shared during the meal, the last Supper.   


In the Eucharistic meal we have the bread and wine that Jesus, through the hands of the community, takes as the food and drink that carries his risen self to us. 


The identification of Jesus during the Last Supper and each celebrated mass with the food and drink is total. At that time the disciples couldn`t understand well.  They had to see their Master on the Cross, and rise again to discover what was going on. We are as the disciples at the present time. We have to look at the Cross first, before being able to apprehend total identification between the bread and body given up, between wine and blood poured out.


The body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ are truly present in. 


We are invited to become the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


And coming to the altar to receive Holy Communion, when we answer Amen, we express our will to be in fact on the way of the divine communion with him as well as between us and all humankind. 


Jesus said, unless you eat my body and drink my blood you cannot be part with me. Do we want to be part of Him?


Jesus offers himself to be the sacred food for the journey of our life as we are following him as his disciples. 


So the Eucharist is pushing us to be servants. In the Gospel of John instead of the Eucharistic institution, we find the washing of feet. And today is the best time to remember that the priesthood is marked by such service. Amen.