St. Augustine Catholic Church     314-385-1934

May 31, 2015

Dear Church Family,

Today we celebrate God totally loving each one of us.  Not as a group, but as individuals.  Our God is totally in love with us.  We celebrate today recognizing, responding and being totally in love with Him.

God is Creator and the Father.  We have no doubt about the beauty of this world, especially at spring time.  The other night I went to a romantic movie (which was a PG by the way), it was called “Away From the Madding Crowd”.  It was about simple living and simple loving.  What was so present in the movie was all of the scenery and the mystic colors and the country setting of England in the 1870’s.  I was just so impressed with the beauty of the scenery, the flowers and everything about God’s creation in nature.  Our God has created and continues to create.  Look at the uniqueness of each one of us.  We celebrate God as Creator.

To show that this love is not just mystical and majestic we proclaim that our God loves us so much that He became one of us. “Whoever believes in Him shall not die, but may have life everlasting” John 3:16.

To make our God all the more real in love, He gave Himself totally by His death and the victory of His resurrection.  He will sustain us in love the rest of our lives.  Last week we celebrated the great feast of Pentecost.  Each of us prayed for one wonderful gift or fruit of the Holy Spirit. We laid hands on one another, praying that we have these gifts.  How wonderful our God is to fill us with the gifts and fruits of His Spirit.

So today Church, as you hear the word of God when Paul proclaims, “Those who are led by the Spirit of God (that’s us) are sons (and daughters) of God.  For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through whom we cry “Abba, Father!”.  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ”.  So Church, we know that our God loves us.  We celebrate us being in a relationship with Him, just as we imagine the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit being in a powerful relationship with one another.

So then with this wonderful God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit we are commanded to spread the good news throughout the entire world.  We feel blessedly assured that Jesus is always with us until the end of the world. Alleluia!

Enjoy the feast of pure adoration, love and intimacy with our God.

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