Thursday, June 12, 2014

Love the One You're With

     On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrated the culmination, cause of, and reason for what we do every day as the Body of Christ. Jesus' saving death and resurrection reconciles us to the Father, and the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, which the Father and the Son lovingly lavish upon us, all make it possible for us to become and to live as true sons and daughters of God.  Just as St. Peter writes in his second letter, we now "share in the Divine Nature" of God (2 Peter 1:4).  This realization should render us awestruck and breathless! We can now be as intimate with the Father as Jesus is with Him!

Holy Trinity, fresco by Luca Rossetti da Orta, 1738–39

     We live in a world of increasing division and conflict, and where our attention to such things as our virtual email and texting relationships is keeping us from loving those who are physically with us, the ones whom God has given us to love, and who need us in the here and now. 

     As we contemplate the perfect unity of love of the Holy Trinity this Sunday, let us remember that our partaking in the Divine Nature means we are no longer our own, because we have been redeemed at a great price, and now belong to God, body and soul (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  And as temples of the Holy Spirit, we have all the power, all the grace we need to live out this calling, this blessed life of abiding in His love and of bestowing that love upon one another, here and now!  This is the true joy of the Gospel!