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五旬節講道 Pentecost Homily, Jun 05,2022

Pentecost Homily

This weekend’s lectionary is all about various aspects of the Holy Spirit. In the first reading from Chapter 2 of Acts of the Apostles, we hear of how the Holy Spirit arrives with a loud sound like a driving wind and looks like tongues of fire ! The effect of the Holy Spirit on the gathered people of different cultures, was that they could hear each other in their own language even though they spoke different languages.

In Psalm 104 the psalmist exhorts us to bless the Lord by giving thanks and praise for the wonderful ways that God renews the face of the earth. The implication here is God works through the Holy Spirit to bring about life and renewal in all of us !

In the second reading from St Paul’s letter to the Romans, we hear about the comparison between how we can live our lives in the flesh or with the benefits of the Holy Spirit.

In the Gospel of John, we hear of how Jesus reminds his disciples of their need to keep his commandments and how the Holy Spirit will come to teach them and to remind them !

So, in the first reading we learn about what the Holy Spirit will sound and look like. The Psalm tells us how the Holy Spirit will be God’s agent on Earth. The second reading we learn about the big difference in our lives if the Holy Spirit is present in us. And finally, the Gospel explains to us the connection between God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

For the Apostles the Holy Spirit enabled them to let go of their fears and to go out into the open, gifted with the gift of preaching and witnessing to the Good News. The miracle that occurs is that those who hear them preaching understand what they are saying ! And guess what ? The Holy Spirit will have the same effect on us !

With the Holy Spirit in us, there will be clarity in our speech and discussions. In living with those who we love we will most likely we will be able to transform people and societies. And most importantly, with the Holy Spirit we will know the difference between good and evil and to always choose what is intrinsically good.

So brothers and sisters, the eucharist we receive will foster and deepen our spiritual lives as Jesus with the Holy Spirit and God the Father come to us to console us. As we live our eucharistic lives, we are living according to the Holy Spirit. And most importantly, in this eucharist the Holy Spirit teaches and reminds us that we are God’s children !

This is the wonderful news for our celebration of Pentecost!

Alleluia Alleluia!!

Fr. Fong


(中文翻譯.原文以英文為準.)

 

五旬節講道

這個週日的講道是關於聖神的各個方方面面。在宗徒大事錄第二章的讀經一中,我們聽到聖神如何以像狂風一樣的響聲地降臨,並彷彿看起來像火舌!聖神對在聚集中的不同文化的人羣間的影響是,即使他們不同的方言,他們也可以用自己的語言聽到對方說的話。

在聖詠104 篇中,作者勸勉我們讚美主,感謝讚美主奇妙地更新了世界的面貌。這裡的含義是上主是通過聖神工作,為我們所有人帶來生命和萬物更新!

在聖保祿寫給羅馬人書信的讀經二中,我們聽到了我們可選擇在肉體生活與在聖神內生活的兩種截然不同方式和後果的比較。

在若望福音中,我們聽到了耶穌如何提醒門徒們他們需要遵守天主的誡命,以及聖神將如何來教導他們並常常提醒他們!

因此,在讀經一中,我們了解到聖神的聲音和外觀。聖詠告訴我們聖神將如何替上主在世上工作。讀經二中我們了解到如果聖神在我們內,我們的生活會有非常大的不同。最後,福音向我們解釋了天主聖父、耶穌聖子和聖神之間密切的聯繫。

對門徒而言,聖神使他們能放下恐懼,走向開闊,擁有傳道和見證福音的恩賜。發生奇蹟的是那些聽他們講道的人明白並了解他們在說天主的福音!試想想, 聖神也會在我們每個人身上生同樣的效果!

有了聖神在我們內,我們的見證和言語就會變得清晰。與我們所愛的人生活在一起,我們很可能能改變其他人和社會。最重要的是,通過聖神,我們將知道善與惡之間的區別,並會作出在本質上,本性上是正確的和優秀的選擇。

因此,兄弟姐妹們,我們所領受的聖體聖事將培養和深化我們的靈性生活,因為耶穌與聖神和天父來到我們心中安慰我們。當我們度著領受聖體聖事的聖善生活時,我們就是在按照聖神的話生活。最重要的是,在領受聖體聖事中,聖神教導並提醒我們,我們是天主的子女!

這是我們慶祝五旬節的好消息!

阿助路亞, 阿肋路亞!

 

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