Posted by: fvbcdm | June 8, 2017

Feast of Saint Medard (8 June 2017)

In the Old Testament, God’s people were constantly being told, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God is One God!” This was in contrast to the surrounding pagan religions, with their many gods and goddesses, the religions of the Egyptians and the Assyrians, the Greeks and the Romans.  Some of their gods were supposed to be good, and some were supposed to be evil.  The Chosen People knew quite well that there was only one God, that He is infinitely good, that He has made all things that exist, that He had no beginning and will have no end.

Then our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world, and, throughout His public life, He indicated that He was God but that He was not God the Father.  What were the Jewish people to make of this?  If there was only one God, then how could God the Father be God and Jesus Christ also be God?  This is one of the main reasons why so many of them rejected Him and refused to be persuaded, even by His miracles and His obvious wisdom.  Then, to make matters even more puzzling to the Jewish people, as our Lord’s life on earth drew to its close, He began to speak of yet another Divine Reality—what we call the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Paraclete.  The word “Paraclete” means “one who can be called upon for help, a supporter, an aid, a helper.”  Jesus told his disciples who were feeling sad that He was about to leave them, that it was good for them that He go because, if He left them, He would send the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete upon them, who would be an even greater advantage than He would in staying with them.  The Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost.

So, now we have been through the two testaments of the Scriptures in our year’s celebration of the sacred mysteries.  We know who God the Father is.  We know Jesus, who is God the Son, and we have seen the Holy Spirit descend upon the early Church to become the Soul of the Church.  So during this weekend, we celebrate the three Divine Persons of the One God, and we call them the Blessed Trinity.  Trinity simply means “threeness.”  This is the greatest truth that Jesus revealed to the world which had not previously been known.

God has made us in His image and likeness.  Now that we know that there are three persons in the One God, we can realize that we are made in the image of a Divine community, a Divine family.  Just as in God, we find Father and Son and Holy Spirit, so we are made to form human families of father, mother, and child.  We begin as children and eventually grow to adulthood, in which we become fathers and mothers that form new families, new reflections of the Divine family of the Blessed Trinity, and we joyously pray all of our lives, “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.”  Thank you for allowing God to love you, God bless you.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.

 

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