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Blessed Trinity Sunday

June 19th, 2011

 

Jn 16:12-15

Gospel

 

Jesus said to his disciples:

"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.

But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,

he will guide you to all truth.

He will not speak on his own,

but he will speak what he hears,

and will declare to you the things that are coming.

He will glorify me,

because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.

Everything that the Father has is mine;

for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine

and declare it to you."

 

It must be obvious that we touch, in the feast of the Blessed Trinity, on a mystery, a secret, a riddle, a drama, Godís inner life.  As soon as you start to understand a person Ė any person, even yourself Ė you bump into that same type of mystery.  Do you understand yourself?  Can you explain yourself to someone else?  Is there any mother or father who really understands his or her daughter or son?  Who can fathom the human heart?  Who can understand the human mind?  Who can measure the complexities of his or hers emotions?  NO ONE.  Who would be able to know God?  Not one human being in this world.  NO ONE.  We may know something about God as revealed in scripture, but we do NOT know God, and we won't know God as fully as He wants us to know Him until we are with Him in Paradise for eternal life.

 

We commemorate the fact that God, though alone Ė because God is only one Ė is not alone, because God is three.  That is very difficult to understand.  In fact, I would not be able to explain it, because we really do not know that much about God.  Most often we think we do because of what is revealed in scripture and taught down through the ages by tradition.  Think about it.  Itís frightening, especially in this case, where the unknown other one, God, have power over life and death.  Power over the standing of the trees and their falling down; power over thunder and lighting; power over storms and rains; power over the moon and the stars; power over the animals and all that lives.

 

And yet, there is a simplicity about this gospel reading as Jesus is alluding to the Blessed Trinity.  The gospels are meant to enable us to better understand God in his three natures so that we can understand what it is, or rather how it is we are to live our lives.  Contrary to popular belief sometimes, Godís agenda is to be lived before our own.  Over the years I have heard people, as I am sure you have heard, as well intentioned as they might be, somehow believe that they live in an ďIĒ world with an ďIĒ or ďMyĒ mentality.  ďIíll do this when I want to.  Iíll love my spouse and children when I feel like it.  Itís my life and Iíll live it my way and itís nobodyís business how I live that life.  If I want to hold a grudge I will.  If this is the agenda we want to choose, we had better not plan on making the journey to Godís Kingdom.Ē

 

Have you ever notice that we are the ones who place the individualness on the Trinity?  It is true that the Father is the Father of creation;  the Son, the Saviour of humankind;  the Spirit, the protector of the now times.  And all the while they are the same God, the same oneness, the same unity, and the same love of us all.  There is a connectiveness that expresses their individual roles and yet their oneness as God.

 

It is that oneness, that connectiveness, that unity, the gospel suggest that we reflect upon.  Certainly not an ďIĒ mentality.  Looking at the world around us today, we could easily be discouraged by the brokenness, the aloneness, the depression, the disregard for the poor and the disadvantaged, the homeless, the single parent families, and the disrespect for human life, especially in this country of ours today.  These are the realities that we donít want to live with.  Itís hard to face.  It hurts.  At times we often donít think that our prayers are being heard.  And yet, at the same time, we have always been surrounded by the presence of God, God the Father, who has made known to us His Son;  the Son, who promised us a Paraclete or Protector, who would allow us to perform even greater miracles than we could imagine.

 

We are graced with the totality of God, whatever the reason.  But God, The Blessed Trinity, will always be a God of compassion and love.  The beautiful work of God is that He works within us that we might explore and generate His love for all the lives that we touch, hoping that we risk to touch all of those broken lives.

 

The road, the journey toward eternal life is not without its cobblestones.  It does not always stay the wide path;  but we have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;  we have the Blessed Trinity, that as we continue to serve one another, we have the vision of love that knows no empty road.  Oh yes, being labeled extremists and possibly being persecuted for expressing our Christian morals and values, we must remember, that this is Godís earth.  It does not belong to any one person, any one government, any one country, and especially anyone who would want to put his or herself above God.  So, if those folks are offended, well I just say:  ďGet over it. Itís Godís world, not yours, and He will do with it as He plans.Ē             

 

 

© Deacon Steve A. Politte

June 18th/19th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ďGuardian AngelĒ by Declan Galbraith

 

 

 

 

 

~ Good Morning God ~

 

Good morning God, itís a beautiful day,
I want to thank you for all the blessings
you have sent my way,
My family my friends, and my loved ones to,
I just want to praise you for all that you do.
I want to always be a part of all of your plans,
Iím so grateful that you love me,
and accept me just as I am.
Only you know Dear God what this day can be,
Iím here God and Iím ready, so please use me.
I donít care if itís a big request, or even small,
Iím just ready and willing to answer your call.
Thereís so many I know that needs your touch today,
Work through me Dear God to help them I pray.
And always yes always I pray all the glory goes to you,
For you are the answer and you know just what to do.
Good morning Dear God and as I get out of bed,
Iím looking forward to this new day and what lies ahead.



Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
May 29th 2010

 

 

 

 

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