Posted on June 17, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Mystery to be mystified by.

        Introduction:   We as Catholics have a rich tradition of using

    symbols in our Church.  You may have seen a fish on the back of a car or

    on a plaque in a house.  Do you know why this is a symbol for

    Christians? The Greek word for Fish is  IXTHOUS:  Iesus, Christos, Theou, Huios, Soter.  Jesus Christ Son of God Savior. For the Trinity we also employ symbols:  Three intertwining circles, triangle, shamrock (trebol), a musical chord..

        God as Father:   Creation.   Here in the valley we get something of the generosity, creativity and abundance with which God gifts us.  Nature is speaking to us of God: We are reminded that God is as certain as the dawn.  We go to South Padre Island and watch the sun rise and the sun set.  But wherever we are the sun is rising and setting.   There is  abundance of crops in the sorghum and cotton and corn fields.   The flowers around the church:  the hibiscus just keeps blooming.   Two Sundays ago after a rain shower one was so gently blushed by a rain drop in the form of a tear.  I wished I had my camera.

    Even the human act of procreation speaks of the prodigality of our God.

    In one ejaculation of sperm there are literally thousands of seeds.

    Only one must unite with the egg to begin a life.

        We know that God is neither Father or Mother.  In Genesis we are

    told that we are created in the image and likeness of God:  male and


        God as Jesus.  There is a religious order, the Priests of the Sacred Heart.   The

    month of June is the month of the Sacred Heart.   We honor Jesus under

    his title as the Sacred Heart.  Heart speaks of love.    For me Jesus is

    a passionate lover who calls me to receive his love and then in turn

    pass it on to others.   The work of Jesus is redemption.

        God as Spirit.   The feast of the Holy Spirit is Pentecost.  Two

    emphases of that feast were: fear and gifts.   What fears do you have?

    What fears do people have?  The promise of Jesus is that we can overcome

    our fears as did Peter from locked in for fear, to preaching on the

    rooftop and converting 3000 that day.   What gifts do people have?  The

    gift of friendship was told me by a young boy of about 10 years old.

        Practise:  one minute going over the high point of my day, share and

    thank the Father.  One minute with the low point, share and thank Jesus

    and ask for help, forgiveness, etc.  One minute with tomorrow and ask

    Holy spirit for guidance.

        We were baptized and are blessed in the Name of the Father and of

    the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We sign ourselves in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

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