May 16, 2016 by
David Jackson 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), three notes on a musical chord, three forms
of water, liquid, ice, spray.
God as Father: Creation. Here in the valley we get something of
the generosity 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. The 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. This 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. I saw an interesting type the other day,
Instead of Sacred Heart, it read “Sacred Heat”. 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 l0 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. AMEN.