He will guide you to all truth… 22May2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“Do not be afraid of what will happen to you. I will give you nothing beyond your strength. You know the power of My grace; let that be enough.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina, from her Diary: par. 1491


Look at the sky during the day. How many stars do you see? None, but you know they are there because during the darkness of night they shine brightly.

The same is true of a dark, gloomy, rainy or snowy day. The sun is hidden but you know it is there because when the clouds clear away its light warms the earth.

Many more analogies can be invoked but it only takes a couple to describe our relationship with the Holy Trinity. There are times when God’s presence is clearly seen and there are times when He is totally hidden and absent from our lives—at least that’s the way it appears and feels. Just as we are self-assured of the sun and stars’ presence when they are hidden, so it is with God. He is always present.

Our Trinitarian God is mystery beyond comprehension. Three persons—Father, Son, Holy Spirit—exist each as a unique person, each divine, but as one Trinitarian God. To suggest a hierarchy within this mystery would dilute its very existence for the sake of inadequate understanding. In spite of the many statements that Jesus makes about His “obedience” to the Father and how the Spirit “will speak what He hears,” in the end, He proclaims to all of us that, “The Father and I are one” (Jn. 10:30).

The beauty of the mystery is that through the Trinity we experience God in three unique ways. The generative love of the Father sustains creation and His love is made visible through the Sacraments and in the person of the Son, Jesus, who took on our human form and promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with us and enlighten us and strengthen us with the Life of our Trinitarian God. It is not necessary for us to unravel the mystery. With the Spirit’s help and guidance, we experience His Mercy by the promise of the Father’s Son.

Deacon Richard

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