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Friday, June 5, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Each and every year following the ending of the Easter Season with Pentecost, the Church celebrates two great fundamental mysteries of our Faith. This weekend’s Celebration is that of Trinity Sunday. The people of the first covenant, the Hebrews, later to be called the Jews, were unique among the cultures among whom they dwelled. Unlike their neighbors they were monotheistic; they believed in only one true God. God was imageless, guiding and directing God’s People through His relationship with certain leaders; ancestors of the faith. Later God would speak through the inspiration of His Spirit in the ministry of Judges and Prophets. Even in the first Book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, God is spoken of as being a singular yet plural reality. “Let Us make human beings in our own image.” (Genesis 1:26).
In the New Testament, the New Covenant, the authors, certain characters, even the demons themselves call Jesus the “Son of God” but Jesus Himself prefers the title, “Son of Man” which connotes the ministry of the Messiah. The title “Son of God” denotes succession as if there were a time in which the Son did not exit. Our belief is that the Christ existed with the Father, the Logos or Word, and is the second person of the “Us” spoken of in Genesis. It is their breath of relationship and love that is the Spirit; present at the start of created reality in Genesis and bestowed upon those who would believe in the Incarnation of the Word made flesh, Jesus the Messiah and Lord.
It is the one God in three persons that Paul proclaims in his blessing prayer at the end of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” 2 Cor. 13:13. It is the Baptismal formula spoken by the risen Lord in the great commission recorded in the Gospel of Matthew: “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” Mt. 28:19. And again: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23).