Pastor’s Corner 5/22/2016

BLESSED AND HAPPY FEAST OF SAINT RITA!

With Saint Rita’s faith as our inspiration today, let us place our own faith in these words from today’s Gospel:

“Everything that the
Father has is mine;
…the Spirit will take
from what is mine
and declare it to you.

”We stand to realize that the reason why we profess faith in God as THE MOST HOLY TRINITY is simply because that is how Jesus revealed God to us. By speaking of his “Heavenly Father” and by talking about their “Spirit” as another person, we were set on a path to formulating our faith in God as Trinity. But take note: in this Jesus did not reveal everything to us about God—by no means have we “figured God out.” Fact: the word trinity is nowhere to be found in the Bible. God’s ways are still not our ways and God’s thoughts are beyond our thoughts; there are still a “gazillion” blanks to be filled in. I am reminded of a seminary high school religion teacher of mine, Vincentian Fr. Fred Martinez, who when we asked anything touching upon God’s mystery would reply, “Well, son, that’s one of those things I am going to add to my list to ask God when I finally see him face to face.”

Remove mystery and we no longer require any faith. Yet so precious to our faith is our belief in God as Trinity that we profess this faith every time we make the sign of the cross: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Think of what a profound act that is—not only do we name God as Trinity, but we also “cross ourselves” to profess our faith in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, and we oftentimes use holy water, thus professing our faith in Baptism. It’s a jammed-packed profession of what we believe as Christians!

We must also think today on the wonderful example of faith we have in the person of our patroness, St. Rita of Cascia. As she is imaged so often as “gazing upon the crucifix,” we must realize her total faith in God as the Trinity—the Father loving the Son, the Son loving the Father, and that love being God’s Holy Spirit. The mark of the Crown of Thorns on her forehead indicated the depth to which she was included in love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and from this inclusion came her deep faith in God for whom all things are possible. St. Rita clearly understood her relationships on earth to be made holy and redeemable by their grounding in relationship we have in the Holy Trinity.

Perhaps the most important element of our Christian Trinitarian theology is that Jesus revealed God to be in relationship—a relationship that flows from being simultaneously three and ONE. While it is easy to get caught up in the numbers game, I think the most sensible way to approach the mystery of God as Trinity is to ask the question, “How could it be otherwise?” Being created in the image and likeness of God it stands to reason that as we experience ourselves as individuals who make up one family, many persons who constitute one community, then God must “Godself” be what God created. It is God’s being in relationship that gives divine origin and dignity to our own being in relationship to one another. Any of our relationships “gone bad” are relationships that have either lost sight of their divine origin, or that never have known their foundation in God to begin with.

This Feast Day of our beloved patroness, St. Rita of Cascia, and The Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity, let us pray blessing and the bestowal of grace upon all of our relationships—especially those that are vowed! Jesus prayed: THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE ONE! Let us make Jesus’ prayer our own as we seek integrity for our relationships and peace—the peace that only Jesus can give—

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER,
AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
and through intercession of his humble and most trusting servant, SAINT RITA. AMEN!

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