A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
I am a Christian insofar as…
A pastor was trying to explain to a little Sunday school child that God is calling people everywhere in the world to believe in him. "God is much bigger than we imagine him to be and God can use all of us in lots of different ways to do his work everywhere," the pastor said. "God is everywhere!" "Everywhere?" asked the little boy. "Everywhere!" said the pastor.
The boy went home and told his mother, "God is everywhere! The pastor said so." "Yes, I know," said the mother. "You mean he is even in the cupboard?" "Yes," said the mother. "In the refrigerator - even when we close the door and the light goes out?" "Yes," said the mother. "Even in the sugar bowl?" the lad asked as he took the lid off. "Yes," said the mother, "even in the sugar bowl." The boy slammed down the lid and said, "Now I've got Him."
Today’s feast invites us to live in the awareness of the presence of the Triune God within us: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The greatest mystery of our faith is: Three Divine Persons, sharing the same Divine Nature in one God. Each Person is God, yet there is still only one God.
The Annunciation account in Luke 1: 26-38 describes how God the Father sent the angel Gabriel to Mary to announce to her that God, the Holy Spirit, would "overshadow" her, and that God, the Son, would be made flesh in her womb.
During the baptism of Jesus (Mat 3: 16-17), the Holy Spirit was shown descending on Jesus in the form of a Dove, while the Voice of God the Father was heard from the clouds.
John (Chapters 15 through 18) presents the detailed teaching of Jesus on the Persons of the Holy Trinity. In the preaching mission given by the risen Lord to the disciples, Jesus commanded them to baptize people “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Confer also Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
I am a Christian insofar as I live in a relationship of love with God and other people. Like God the Father, we are called upon to be productive and creative persons by contributing to the building up of the fabric of our family, our Church, our community and our nation. Like God the Son, we are called upon to reconcile, to be peacemakers, to put back together that which has been broken, to restore what has been shattered. Like God the Holy Spirit, it is our task to uncover and teach truth and to dispel ignorance.
Modern society follows the so-called “I-and-I” principle of unbridled individualism and the resulting consumerism. But the doctrine of the Holy Trinity challenges us to adopt an "I-and-God-and-neighbor" principle