|Posted by Fr. Matt on May 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM|
Fr. Matt’s Corner: ... and hope does not disappoint …
Greetings and peace and salutations to all of you, my friends, on this Trinity Sunday. While our society might send us the message that ‘god’ is me, myself, and I; we Catholics know better – that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Since most of us don’t spend much time on a daily basis pondering what it is that makes God God, it’s providential that Our Mother the Church gives us this day to contemplate this great mystery – especially as a follow-up to last Sunday’s great feast of the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth who will guide you to all truth and will declare to you the things that are coming.
The fact that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit means that God is Love. From all eternity, the Father loved the Son who loved the Father, and their love was and is so perfect and pure and stupendously intense that it was and is another Divine person – the Holy Spirit. You and I are created in the image of this 3-Personned God, and that’s not just fancy theologic-speak.
God’s plan for our existence begins in an act of love that is (meant to be) as humanly-perfect as possible between a father and a mother – loving so perfectly and purely and stupendously intensely that in a moment of ecstasy, God’s Holy Spirit might breathe new life into their union and create a third person. The human family is built on the image of the Holy Trinity, and everything that comes forth from the family: life, communities, politics, work, play, states and nations, war and peace, sickness and health – all of it is founded on this Divine image of Three Persons in One God.
When anything has gone wrong with anything, it has always been a result of our refusal to live as God lives – our conceding that we can’t handle the truth of God’s love. Look around at broken relationships, hunger, disease, terrorism, violence, fear – it all stems from our refusal to accept the Holy Trinity and our role within the life of God. God is Love, and God is here all around us –at church, at the store, in the bedroom, on the river, in the woods, around our kitchen tables, wherever we are, God’s invitation is open to us: come, share My life. For this reason I told you that He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.
I hope that we might begin to say: Yes, Lord. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us – that same Holy Spirit who was beside the Father as His Craftsman, playing before Him all the while, playing on the surface of His earth; and saying: I found delight in the human race.
Peace to all of you, my friends, this Holy Day, and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart,
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