June 4, 2023
The Most Holy Trinity
St. Augustine Catholic Church
We are so glad to be able to worship our God once again and give Him thanks and praise for all He has brought us through for the past 31 years. Praise God! Alleluia!!I am really enjoying being able to bring you three very special messages about loving God on this very special solemn feast day.
First, is to celebrate God and love Him, as He instructed us, with “all our hearts, and all our soul, and with all our mind” (Matt 22:35-40). This heartfelt belief in the Trinity remains a mystery as that is as it should be. In today’s first reading, Moses stands with God on Mount Sinai, admitting that we humans are stiff-necked and sinful. You know what he means, stubborn and refusing to listen. He offers to us a merciful God with a remarkable invitation. To be able to speak with God in a so down-to-earth way as he did is super neat. Moses goes on to say, “If we find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company” when we should be the last people to be invited to come along with Him because we have messed up so.
Second, St. Paul reminds the unruly Corinthians, and maybe reminds unruly us, too, that the way to recognize God’s presence among us is to mend our ways by encouraging one another, stop arguing, and living in peace. If and when we do those things, we will no longer be stiff-necked and stubborn, unruly children of God.
Last is how John reminds us in the gospel that God loved us so much He gave us His only begotten Son so that we might gain eternal life. Wow! Now that’s celebrating God because God has come down from heaven, walked among us, and is so merciful after all that, He is telling us that He is totally in love with us.
So, church family, we celebrate this wonderful day of re-starting and I’m feeling so good about it. Come as often as you can. Take care and God bless you and keep you ‘til we meet again (Hopefully, next Sunday!).