A Word From Our Pastor

There was song that I loved to hear when I was a youngster called “My Blue Heaven.” The singer crooned the melody with so much delight that you could actually feel yourself looking right at his blue heaven in the sky!  This joyful delight was especially true when he sang this verse: “…with Molly and me, and baby makes three, we’re happy in my blue heaven!” I can remember how I would replay that song in my head over and over again and have a similar sense of joyful delight as well. This was especially so when I would enjoy love with my family and friends.  You might be wondering to yourself: What does this have to do with the Most Holy Trinity that we are honoring today? You see this most central mystery of our faith, Father, Son and Holy Spirit being three persons but one God, cannot be explained.  It is a mystery of our faith. The Holy Trinity can only be experienced. And whenever we experience joyful delight in our hearts it is when we have these moments with the people we love.  When we feel the deepest joy and happiness in our hearts, we can be sure the Holy Trinity is moving within. And Jesus teaches us that this experience of God’s Trinitarian life can only be awakened when we also forgive one another. All three readings from Scripture this weekend bear out that truth. Exodus teaches us that “The Lord, a merciful and gracious God, is slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”  2nd Corinthians teaches us that when we “mend our ways, encourage one another, and live in peace, the God of love and peace will be with you.” Finally, in John’s Gospel we hear that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” Talk about my blue heaven!!!  Wow!! If the Trinity is so active and present within and around us, what prevents us from experiencing joy? What instead causes us to feel so much discouragement, fear and anger? I think the answer lies in one of the reasons given in the book of Exodus: “This is a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins and receive us as your own.” And God, the Holy Trinity, answers “Yes” to that request.  Just think for a moment how stiff-necked people can be to one another; how wicked we can be to each other, yet God continues to love us. Think of what has been happening in our society; hatred, racism, the poor getting poorer, violence and destruction; right here in our own country, right here in our own neighborhoods. My brothers and sisters, the only way we can experience “My Blue Heaven,” is by loving and forgiving one another. When we learn and live this, we will be living the life of the Most Holy Trinity.                 ~ Fr. John 


                                                                                            

Living the Faith:  "Jesus indicates two remedies for being
troubled in heart.  First to not depend on ourselves but to
have faith in Him.  Second to remember that here we are
passing through and that Jesus has reserved us a place
in Heaven."

~ Pope Francis    

                                                                                         

 

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