Posted by: fvbcdm | June 19, 2012

Feast of Saint Romuald (19 June 2012)

In the gospel of today, Our Lord tells us that we are to be made perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.  That certainly does not refer to extent, since God is infinitely and absolutely perfect and we certainly can’t aspire to that.  But it has to do with the relative perfection which is possible for us human beings.  The oceans of the world contain a vast amount of water, and we can let that symbolize the perfection of God.  A wineglass contains a small amount, but when it is filled to its capacity, it holds all that it can.  We can let that symbolize the perfection of a good man or woman who leads a truly good, virtuous life so that he or she is “perfect” as our heavenly Father is perfect, that is, as good as he or she can be, given the limitations of humanity.  God is totally good; the saints are totally good.  And Our Divine Lord pays us the compliment of speaking of us in the same words as God is spoken of, if we really try to do the best we can.  

With this concept of human goodness and virtue, even to the extent of being called “perfect,” let us remember that Wednesday of this week is the summer solstice: the longest day of the year, after which the days begin to shorten again as the earth continues in its endless travel around the sun.  It is the beginning of a new season which we call summer.  Many of the world’s pagans who venerate or even worship the sun make of that day an important religious or cultic holiday.  We know better than that; we know that the sun, for all its power, is simply another creature of our divine Creator.  So we don’t worship the sun, but we certainly do worship the Almighty God who created it out of nothing and then flung it out into our universe and there keeps it in existence and operation as long as He, our Lord, shall will it to do what it has been doing longer than we know.

Let us try to be perfect, my friends; let us be as faithful to our holy religion as the sun is to its natural laws.  That is one of the reasons why we speak in our prayer-language of Jesus as “the Sun of Justice; Christ our Lord.”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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