15 Jun 2014

This Week Letter – Jun 15, 2014

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My Dear Parishioners and Friends, We begin each day with the sign of the cross in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We bring our most important concerns to God in this act of worship: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit” This is not so astonishing! As Christians, we belong to God in the Holy Trinity, for we were baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is as it was ordained by Our Lord Jesus Christ recommending Baptism in the name of the Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity. We also offer our Sunday and Holy Day sacrifice of love to God with the usual words of greeting by the priest: “May the love of God the Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all”. In today’s reading, St. Paul greets us in much the same way when he urges us to rejoice in life, to strive for excellence and to live in peace and unanimity. (2nd Reading) Today, the Church calls upon its children to dare to enter into the deepest of all truths: who is God and how do we perceive the internal life of the one true God. I AM, WHO AM (Ex 3:14) God answered Moses when asked for his name. This name is a mystery of infinite holiness and uniqueness with respect to man. It is unutterable! And yet, this great God informs Moses that He is extremely close to man. The Lord passes before Moses and calls Himself “The Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” (1st Reading) How fortunate we are that “God is love” and that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Some say that these words alone are enough for man’s happiness, and even if the Bible should disappear, these words of themselves bring joy. Today, let us kneel with determination and remain strong in this truth of our Faith. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the heart of our Faith and of our Christian life. We have been baptized in “the name of” and not in “the names of” the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. But God the Almighty Father has revealed to us — in speaking graphically to St. Irenaeus — that when extending both his hands over us: the one is God the Son, the second is the Holy Spirit. Just as the Father is God, so also the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is a mystery of our Faith in the strictest sense of the word. It is difficult for us to understand, but it is up to us to live by this truth: God in his infinite love decided to let us share in his life thanks to the works of wisdom and redemption by his Son, and thanks to the descent of the Holy Spirit who lives and works in us. When someone accused St. Benedict Labre for preaching about the Holy Trinity, since as a simpleton with no theological background he absolutely could not understand this truth, St Benedict answered humbly; “I may not understand this mystery, but I am inflamed with love for it.” Let us praise God and love Him not only for the inconceivable mystery of his might and holiness but for his overwhelming love and closeness to us. Having been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity, let us travel through life as we find it in all its dimensions — always in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. To all our dear Fathers, Godfathers, Adoptive Fathers, Fathers who have fulfilled or continue to fulfill well their vocation, may God the Father bless you abundantly, give you good health, and reward you now here on earth and later for all eternity. May God forgive the sins of all our deceased Fathers and welcome them into the glory of Heaven. May the Lord also keep in his care all our spiritual Fathers who serve the Church and whose love embraces all children. Next Sunday, all are invited to participate in the special celebration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. God bless!