Fr. Kevin’s Column 05/30/2021

Dear friends of God,

Happy feast day! I have repeatedly said that I am glad that we as a parish community chose the name Holy Trinity for our parish community. The Holy Trinity is a community of love with the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Coming from three parishes and over time merging into one parish community has its challenges, hurts, and frustrations. It might seem like purgatory going through this process, but is has the potential for an amazing catharsis. That is, a release from so many different emotions that gives us the energy to create something new out of the giftedness of these three different faith communities: three that are now one. It is a reminder that God is always One even when we think of God in terms of the Trinity. Imagine what we might be able to accomplish for God’s Reign as the community of love that God has called us to be as his disciples, his students, in our time and place.

 

There is hope in our call but there is also a biting challenge. We are to act with the love that we desire to receive from God. We are to embody the love that God embodied in his son, Jesus Christ. Love that is living in such a way that the fruits of the spirit will continue to bear a bountiful harvest for the life of the world. St. Paul reminds us what the fruits of the spirit are in Galatians 5:22-23: “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

 

To say it another way: we are to incarnate the words of the Lord’s Prayer. St. Benedict wrote of our hearts being pierced. Just as Jesus shared his wounds with his disciples. We are meant to share the love wounds of our hearts for the life of the world.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven.
hallowed be Thy name; Thy
Kingdom come, Thy will be done on
earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this
day our daily bread; and forgive us
our trespasses as we forgive those
who trespass against us; and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil. Amen.

 

We are judged by the world not by our words or our theology or partisan bickering but by the way that we love. Recently I came across the following quote and it is spot on, but I can’t seem to find the source. This doesn’t take away from the truth that it shares. “This is criterion by which the Church is to be judged, not by the forms of its doctrine or ritual, but by the reality of the reality of the love which it manifests.” We are to be seen as people of love in both word and deed. Our actions need to reflect the God of love and the community of love that we have been created to be as Holy Trinity Parish.

 

God knows that we struggle in love, and God doesn’t abandon us in the mystery of love that is God. God continually invites us to enter into the love that is the Holy Trinity. Franciscan Richard Rohr put it this way:

 

The Mystery of God as Trinity invites us into full participation with God—a flow, a relationship, a waterwheel of always outpouring love. God is a verb much more than a noun. Some Christian mystics taught that all of creation is being taken back into this flow of eternal life, almost as if we are a “Fourth Person” of the Trinity, or as Jesus put it, “so that where I am you also may be” (John 14:3).

 

We are to be where Jesus is: in the life of the Holy Trinity. In that community of love with whom all things are possible.

Again, happy feast day!
 
Much love,

Fr. Kevin