Saturday, April 3, 2010
the kingdom of God 天主的国
We were at the Nilai Memorial Park this morning at about 6:30 am to pay respect to my departed parents and 2nd brother. Their ashes were interred at the columbarium there.
Usually my second sister in law ( a Taoist) would prepare food offerings and paper money of silver and gold. This year I noticed a bag of soft drinks were added - Coke, Miranda, Milo, 100 Plus, Chinese tea ....
How do I reconcile the fact that my parents and brothers are non-Christian ....I am a Catholic, are we apart and cut off after death? Any use of us paying respect and praying for them?
I believed my non-baptised parents and siblings are creation of God too and as precious as any one else to God. All will be going back to God when the lives on earth ended. As Catholics, we would be judged according to Matthew 25:40:"..."In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." And non-Christians would be judged by their faith and conscience.
Jesus said:" When I am lifted up, I shall draw all people to me.." (John 12:32)
the late Fr. Leo Chang used to share with me:" mankind enter Kingdom of God in many ways... through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever..."
Non-baptised would enter the Kingdom through Christ,
baptised Christian would enter the Kingdom with Christ,
we have eaten the body and drunk the blood of Christ would enter the Kingdom in Christ!
We are constantly in communion through thoughts and prayers and will meet again in the Kingdom of God.
So, drink to the Kingdom of God...Coke? Milo?
(Above view does not represent the view of the Church)
通常都是我到教徒的二嫂负责拜祭的食物及金银纸钱。今年我发现多了一袋饮料 - 可口可乐，美禄，橙汁，100Plus, 茶叶等。
我相信我的父母，兄弟都是天主的受造物，如同其他的人一般的珍贵。我们全部在离开这个世界后，都会归向天主，只是我们作为基督徒，将会依据福音 玛25：40 所说的受到审判：“我实在告诉你们：凡对我这些小兄弟中的一个所作的，就是对我做的。。。”，而他们则依据他们的信仰及良心，接受审判。