As Korean Catholics, heirs to a noble tradition, you are called to cherish this legacy and transmit it to future generations. This will demand of everyone a renewed conversion to the word of God and a passionate concern for the poor, the needy and the vulnerable in our midst.
In celebrating this feast, we join the Church throughout the world in looking to Mary as our Mother of Hope. Her song of praise reminds us that God never forgets his promise of mercy (cf. Luke 1:54-55). Mary is the one who is blessed because “she believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord” (Luke 1:45). In her, all God’s promises have been proved trustworthy. Enthroned in glory, she shows us that our hope is real; even now it reaches as “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19) to where Jesus is seated in glory.
This hope, dear brothers and sisters, the hope held out by the Gospel, is the antidote to the spirit of despair that seems to grow like a cancer in societies which are outwardly affluent, yet often experience inner sadness and emptiness. Upon how many of our young has this despair taken its toll! May they, the young who surround us in these days with their joy and confidence, never be robbed of their hope!
Let us turn to Our Lady and implore the grace to rejoice in the freedom of the children of God, to use that freedom wisely in the service of our brothers and sisters, and to live and work as signs of the hope which will find its fulfillment in that eternal Kingdom where to reign is to serve. Amen.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At the end of our Mass, we turn once more to Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. To her we bring all our joys, our sorrows and our hopes.
We especially entrust to her all who lost their lives in the sinking of the Se-Wol ferry, as well as those who continue to be affected by this great national disaster. May the Lord welcome the dead into his peace, console those who mourn, and continue to sustain those who so generously came to the aid of their brothers and sisters. May this tragic event which has brought all Koreans together in grief confirm their commitment to work together in solidarity for the common good.
We also ask Our Lady to look with mercy on all those among us who are suffering, particularly the sick, the poor and those who lack dignified employment.
Finally, on this day when Korea celebrates its liberation, we ask Our Lady to watch over this noble nation and its citizens. And we commend to her care all the young people who have joined us from throughout Asia. May they be joyful heralds of the dawn of a world of peace in accordance with God’s gracious plan!
Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homilies of Pope Francis I, so that they could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us.
Dear Daddy God, give us good Rulers to rule our land with Justice. Thank you.
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Responsorial: Psalm 67: 2-7
Response: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your saving help.
Let the nations be glad and exult for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness your rule the peoples, you guide the nations on earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing till the ends of the earth revere him.
7 September 2014
When you planned to tear down /have torn down the Church premises and to rebuild even they are in good & reparable condition; when you use that money to do those charitable works and claimed that they are used to improve the lives of our poor & unfortunate brothers & sisters, do you know that the monies are sacred which you have been made trustees and you must use them well and not to waste a single cent?
We are surprised that you have chosen to close your eyes, shut your ears and refuse to acknowledge that presently the economy is bad and many people are jobless around the world. Instead of helping people to find jobs & regain confidence, you have chosen to make things worse by asking for $ Tens of Millions. Other Churches followed by saying that they need more money to maintain and / or development...Please be reminded that we are not gold mines...
Let’s put in proper record where the money came from in the past and let others add in to this list on items that we have missed out:
These monies came from the generous donations of many hard working people, who had sacrificed their sleep and leisure, to do their work well until late night and even over the weekends. They came from the savings of many families who refused to buy new clothes, home appliances, furniture or the food that they like and had chosen to make these sacrifices just to build those Church premises that you have torn down / have planned to tear down …
You know who you are and we are too embarrassed to name the many of you one by one...Dear All, don’t you see that it is those who are not contributing that are found wasting or putting the money into the wrong pockets?
This is what Saint Paul says (Acts 20:28-35), Encouragements-107:
‘Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the overseers, to feed the Church of God which he bought with his own blood. I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night and day for three years I never failed to keep you right, shedding tears over each one of you. And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified.
‘I have never asked anyone for money or clothes; you know for yourselves that the work I did earned enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. I did this to show you that this is how we must exert ourselves to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”’
Saint Peter also says (1 Peter 2:5):
‘…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’
Dear fellow “living stones”, has anyone seen any Saint set up any mass fund raising activities, refusing to acknowledge that “the living stones” who built up the Temple of God are NOT reinforced concrete, steel, bricks, mortar or other construction materials, but all of us in the Spirit? No.
Have you seen any Saint tell anyone that they want the money quick and must be “immediately”? No.
Let all the “Living Stones” open wide our eyes, cooperate and make sure that all the monies that we contribute for any good cause are put to good use and reach the intended beneficiaries, instead of ending up in the “wrong pockets” & working against God’s Will.
Let all reasonable men & women work hard to avoid the next eruption of Scandals that would again damage the Body of Christ; like the many that happened in the past and published to the whole World!
Pope Francis I said: “let no wolf enter the sheepfold” (Homily 7 July2014, Enoucuragements-449). Don’t you agree that if they really love Christ, they would not have chosen to become fierce wolves? 8-(
4 September 2014
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, First Reading:
Extracted from the prophet Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.
Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all who observe the Sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain.
I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocaust and their sacrifices will be accepted on my alter, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.