Today we celebrate what we can easily call the central mystery at the core of our Christian beliefs, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It is one of those mysteries that we were probably told we wouldn’t be able to comprehend anyway, so we would simply have to take it on faith. But it is not a lack of faith which causes us to ask questions.
We have a sacred obligation to ask good questions, to read, pray, and ponder the possibilities—all in our quest to know God more deeply. In fact, the study of theology is defined as “faith seeking understanding.”
The most important thing is not HOW Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist as One—but WHY their life as One is crucial to OUR life. Because the Holy Trinity is the model of all love which exists in the world as we know it, and in the world beyond. Not a clinging, weak, dependent love…not a one-sided temporary or troubled love, like so many of the “loves” we have all experienced in our lives…but the richest, strongest, most glorious explosion and implosion of energy that has ever existed.
Often the relationships we call “love” are not worthy of the name. We are all burdened and blinded by the presence of evil in the world, so we mistake all kinds of phony things for love.
And kids, especially, listen to this. Maybe you have tried to get love by controlling others, by dressing or acting a certain way, or pretended to be needy to draw someone in. Then you are being a “poser”, lying to yourself and others.
Don’t lower your standards! Our guide to intimate relationships should be the real thing. Only the Trinity shows us the awesome ultimate bond that we should seek in all of our love relationships. Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever!
In Monmouth and Ocean Counties this Memorial Day Weekend, we are all encouraged to love one another as we celebrate the sacrifices made for our freedoms. At a time when division and polarization and prejudice seem to taint our society anew, we need to look deeply into our hearts again to renew our commitment to the freedoms that are ours to own and to share together as neighbors. Hatred and discrimination based on race or religion, national origin or culture or whatever distinguishes us from one another throughout this great land are the antithesis of our national heritage and our national motto”E pluribus unum…out of many, one.” They are also the antithesis of the cause of freedom for which those brave women and men whose memory we honor this weekend sacrificed and laid down their lives. Let us pray for peace in our nation and for those brave women and men who gave their lives in service to our country.
PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY
God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers)
May you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend and may God continue to bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Listen to my homily today: (Posted after Mass.)
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish