Holy Thursday, 2006
Tonight we begin the celebration of the Triduum, “The great three days” when the church invites us to enter in to the story of the fulfillment of the life of Jesus, and ponder those events and the meaning they hold in our own lives. In our tradition, Holy Thursday is often called the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. We hear the story of the origin of the Jewish memorial feast of Passover as a “ritual remembering” of God’s saving work from the book of Exodus; Saint Paul shares a reflection on the Eucharistic understanding of the early church: that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was to be proclaimed through the living memory of his disciples as they gathered to “remember” these events (just as we do tonight); and we hear John’s gospel account of the washing of the disciples feet.
Second Sunday of Lent, 2006
We began Lent by coming face to face with our mortality, with the symbol of ashes and Fr. Hung’s invitation to embrace every day we get to spend above the grave as a good day. Last weekend, we heard about the covenant relationship we enjoy with God, and were encouraged to recognize the priority that should take in our lives. Today, we hear the story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis, and the Transfiguration from Mark’s Gospel. Stories about people who followed God to a point in their lives that they discovered something un-expected.
World Marriage Day homily, Feb. 12, 2006
This weekend, as we have done for many years, we celebrate World Marriage day. A day to celebrate and reflect on the important role healthy marriages play in the life of our church, and the foundation they provide to the society we live in.