19 June 2011
Fr. Don Wright
Today we celebrate 3 examples of unconditional love. In two of them we see examples of them today and the third we experience every day. The first is the tribute we pay today to a beautiful lady, my wife Janie, who God called home just over 4 months ago. The second is the little guy here in the front pew, Colton Kyle, the son of Kyle and April Kocinski, who will receive the 1st Sacrament of Initiation into Christís Church, Baptism. The third example of unconditional love is Godís Love. In todayís feast we celebrate that love. A few years back, when I was a DRE, I asked a second grade class who could explain the Trinity for us. One little girl gave me an answer but I didnít hear high voices very well then, and now for that matter, and I told her I didnít understand what she said. Her response was, ďYouíre not suppose to understand it, itís a mysteryĒ. Back to our working to understand a little bit about the Trinity. How does todayís Gospel describe the love of the Trinty, Godís love? Todayís Gospel reads, ďGod so loved the world ÖĒ. Godís love is not only shown in that action but by all that God has done and continues to do for each of us. In the beginning of every prayer and Sacrament we pay tribute to God by saying, ďIn the Name of the Father and Ö ď. Here at JOS we pay tribute to the actions which are attributed to each of the 3 persons of the Trinity when we say, ďIn the name of the Creator, and the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier. The actions first two persons of the Trinity are easily understood, that is creating the world and redeeming us by opening up heaven for our taking as our final destination. Then there is the actions of third one person of the Trinity, Sanctification. Essentially Sanctification provides the gifts we need for living, namely Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, and Fear of the Lord/Reverence and Awe of the Lord. It is by using those gifts we experience the fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Now we reminded of the results of God unconditional love in our lives but, of course, three persons in one God is still a mystery. But just like that mystery, human unconditional love is a mystery, at least in my mind, but we are able to see the results of it in our lives. In our first example of unconditional love, that between my wife Janie and myself, the results can be seen in the unbelievable growth each of us experienced in our short 4 year 4 month marriage even though we were both over 70 years old. The details of that growth would take many hours to detail but one of the major growths led us here to this loving community. For more details of that growth I suggest you talk to our friends and relatives. I am willing to fill in some of the blanks. One of Janieís grand-daughters asked us if now that we are getting married, ďAre you going to have babies?Ē and Janie answered her that that fruit was reserved for young people. Of course she meant young people like Kyle and April who have been blessed with Colton Kyle as the fruit of their love. God is a bit more complex than we are and the results of Godís unconditional love are quite a bit more complex including creation, redemption and sanctification. Letís spend a minute or so and pray together the Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.