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Friday, May 28, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
The Jewish community were unique in the ancient world in that they were monotheistic. They believed in only one God. Many of the societies that surrounded them had multiple gods for every cause. Today’s first reading from the Book of the Law, Deuteronomy, gives witness to the close relationship between the one true God and His faithful followers. Did any god of other nations do such great signs and wonders as worked in the land of Egypt during the time of slavery to freedom like worked for the chosen people? Did any other communities witness God’s power and might like the early Hebrews at Mount Sinai? Did any other nation’s gods give their people laws and guidance as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Thus, the author makes his point: “You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever." (Dt 4:40.)
After the Resurrection, Jesus appeared in various ways to his disciples. Near the end of his appearances, just before and during His ascension into Heaven, Jesus gives “The Great Commission.” "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:19-20).
This passage reveals the developed belief in a Triune God as preached by Matthew and his followers. Throughout the Gospels, there are often objections to Jesus because He referred to Himself as God’s Son. The questions arose: If God is One, how could God have a son? Isn’t the Son then a lesser God than the Father? After the experience of Pentecost for the Apostles, the teachings about another Advocate became a reality and early believers had tangible experiences of the Holy Spirit, that proceeds from the Father and the Son. This led to the more developed understanding of three persons in the one true and only God of gods.
The experience of this Holy Spirit fell upon Gentiles as well as faithful Jews who began to believe that Jesus was the Messiah of God. Gentiles were being baptized and made one in a unique family of faith. As St. Paul indicates in the passage from the Romans, we all have received, by the Holy Spirit, an experience of adoption. We are all then adopted into the wider family of the Chosen People. Though not born into the chosen people at birth we Gentiles as well have a equal share in our membership in God’s Kingdom.
We give thanks to our early believing sisters and brothers who preached to us and helped us understand that God is One and yet three; a community of Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Blessed Trinity.