No matter the length of our days, from birth to death we are given various gifts which help us to endure many challenges, to share in many joys, and to know God’s love. Since most of life can seem routine it is easy to get caught up in the things we have to do such that we forget to bring God into it with us or to find Him here in our midst. The Feast of the Holy Trinity reminds us that from the beginning of time the Father meant for us to enjoy everything He has made. He gave us the whole of creation: from the very stars which inhabit the cosmos for us to gaze at in wonder and awe to the green grass under our feet, God gave us every created thing for us to enjoy and to care for. In addition to that which is tangible, He also gave us the gift of freedom. Given that we were created with that gift, and given that we did abuse it, God gave the greatest gift, which is the gift of His unconditional love. In other words, He gave us the gift of His mercy and compassion, which means that He will never stop forgiving us because His love has no end. Therefore, the Father knew He would send the Son as a gift of that mercy and forgiveness so that we might have redemption. The Son came into the world and then died, rose, and ascended in the act of saving us, leaving us His Holy Spirit to guide us home.
The questions Moses asked, and those which he might have asked had he lived in light of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, reveal to us at even the slightest glance, that God intends for us to see and live life differently. Our lives, though not always easy, are filled with the loving presence of the Holy Trinity because of the great gift of God’s love. The Father, like any loving parent, does not want us to suffer, and yet it was suffering that He chose for His Son Jesus to lead us to salvation. Suffering is a mystery, and we are often invited into that mystery even though we would rather not enter into it at all. But to those who are invited to walk with Jesus in suffering, we need to remember that this means we are very close to His heart. Those who suffer know something of what Jesus experienced, even if the form of our suffering is very different than His. God does not send us suffering, but He does allow us to walk on that path quite often. It is the path of Jesus, and therefore we are not alone. In our suffering we are closest to Jesus and He is closest to us, even if it does not feel that way at all.
May we allow the graces and the very wonder of every great gift of love given by the Father to work in us! May we welcome His Son, Jesus, who gave the great gift of His Body and Blood to us! May we be enlivened by the power of the Holy Spirit, that our hearts may be filled and our eyes opened, transforming us and sanctifying us! May we see the world and the people in it differently through the gift of the Holy Trinity, so that we see that nothing is ever ordinary, least of all the time in which we live out the gift of life! And may we see with the eyes of Jesus and love with His heart! Let us continue to meet in the Love which binds the Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit, One God in Three Persons! Peace!
©Michele L. Catanese
*The poem to which I referred is called God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins. The entire text can be found here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173660
The three photos are mine. The first was taken at a church in Sicily. The second is of the Gulf of Mexico taken in Orange Beach, Alabama. The third was taken in Ireland and is the Dingle Peninsula.
The icon is Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins The Poet's Poet, by Fr. William Hart McNichols. It can be found at http://www.fatherbill.org/all-categories/product/90-fr-gerard-manley-hopkins-the-poet-s-poet.