for Sunday, May 30, 2010
At the very heart of our Christian faith is the belief that God is One and
at the same time Three. It sounds impossible. Others think that
Christians are foolish for believing such nonsense. Nevertheless, because
Jesus teaches us about the Father and about the Holy Spirit, we believe.
We are called Christians because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We
believe in Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ we are saved. Jesus called God
His Father in a way that somehow touched others. Jesus tells us that He
and the Father are One. Later, Jesus tells us that He will send us His
Spirit. The early followers of Jesus. His Jewish followers, would have
understood fairly accurately what Jesus was saying, and that is why some
tried to kill Him or at least condemn Him for blasphemy.
We do not know how three persons can be one God. Even to call God a
person seems to stretch way beyond our understanding. When we call God a
person or three persons, it is saying both that God is like us but also
that God is totally different as well. The glory of God touches us today
as we celebrate this profound mystery.
The first reading today, from the Book of Proverbs, can be understood
either of Jesus or of the Holy Spirit. This reading speaks of Wisdom,
personified in this reading, as being with the Father during creation. We
can pray today that the Wisdom of God be in our lives, allowing us to
experience some small aspect of this incredible mystery.
The second reading is taken from the Letter to the Romans and speaks of
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We hear both of the glory of God and the
love of God - poured into us by the Holy Spirit. We can pray that this love
of God poured into us will allow us to see the glory of God around us at
all times - seeing this with eyes of faith.
Today's Gospel is from Chapter 16 of the Gospel of John and speaks openly
of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is so much deep understanding of God
in this very short passage: all that the Father has is given to Jesus.
Jesus gives us the Spirit which will help us understand all that is. The
most important things in life are only understood by the work of this Holy
Spirit: love, hope, faith.
May this Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus draw us all into the Father this
day so that we may reflect the glory of God in our daily lives.
Readings of the day:
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