Posted by: fvbcdm | June 4, 2014

Feast of Saint Francis Caracciolo (4 June 2014)

Can you think of an occasion in the gospel when Jesus gave some physical gift to someone, as we give birthday or Christmas presents? No. Neither can I, since there aren’t any accounts of this kind of thing. However, he certainly did give to the world very many and very precious gifts.

In the gospel for the Mass of this Wednesday, he speaks of TRUTH, and how we are consecrated in God=s truth. When Pilate asked him if he were a king, he said: the reason I was born and came into the world is to bear witness to the TRUTH. And when our founder, Saint Dominic founded our Order of Preachers, he adopted as its motto the simple Latin word VERITAS: truth.

Stop and think of some of the people who have conferred upon you very important elements of truth. In the natural order, there were our early teachers who taught us the alphabet. Without knowing it, we could not read or write or function in our modern world. Illiteracy is a terrible handicap in civilized society.

Then there are our teachers who taught us our addition tables: 1 + 1 = 2, etc. And our multiplication tables: 2 x 2 = 4. Without these things and their extensions throughout arithmetic we would be unable to calculate anything having to do with numbers—anything from building a house to paying our taxes to making a cherry pie.

And then we come to the supernatural order. When I was in first grade, the Sisters taught me the two most important questions and answers that I will ever learn. Who made you? God made me. Why did God make you? God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world, and to be happy with him forever in heaven. Those who know those questions and answers are fundamentally wise, even if they are only 6 years old. And those who carry them out in their lives are saints, and will achieve heaven.

We take the most basic knowledge for granted, and yet it is immensely useful and important to us. And during this week, we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus promised to send the Spirit upon his apostles and disciples and told them that the Spirit would remind them of all that Jesus had told them, and make them understand all those things in preparation for their mission of preaching the gospel to the world. We have also received this divine gift of the Holy Spirit with all that he teaches us and the world. We are the beneficiaries of God=s immense generosity in all those things pertaining to our eternal happiness in heaven. This is what Jesus means when he says that he has consecrated us in the truth. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you, Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago

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