教区管理者 APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR
Homily for February Memorial Mass for the Deceased Clergy of the Diocese
|February 12, 2016; Friday after Ash Wednesday|
Today’s Memorial Mass for the deceased clergy is celebrated in memory of ishop Lawrence Satoshi NAGAE and Fr. Charles Andre FLOIRAC, ofm.
Asked why his disciples do not fast, Jesus answered: “The wedding guestscannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:15) The days when the bridegroom is taken away indicate the Passion of Jesus.
We have just heard from Chapter 58 of the Book of Prophet Isaiah:
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)
The acts of fast listed above correspond to those of love called into question at the Last Judgment in Chapter 25 of Gospel of Matthew: Jesus said, “ for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)
We’re now living in the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. Our Holy Father has been exhorting us to practice “the works of mercy,” which are basically the same as those described in Chapter 25 of Matthew. Of these, I’m especially aware of the importance to stay close to the sick, the handicapped and the lonely and support them.
In the wilderness of our time many people are bewildered and distressed by mental problems. I sincerely hope that they will be healed.
[All the Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]