Sunday, June 3, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

"One" God in "three" persons.

St. Patrick supposedly used the three-leaf clover to express (explain) this mystery. The fact that it is called a mystery admits that it cannot really be explained nor fully understood, but truly a mystery to be shared, explored, studied, pondered — and little by little, in many different ways, perhaps, we will find it (like a beautiful flower opening its beauty, truth and wonder to us).

In Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples to go out and make disciples of all nations, "baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." We have a very distinct relationship with each person of the Trinity. Father/creator clearly is the God we see so powerfully present in the Hebrew scriptures.

Jesus/redeemer is the fully human expression of God in our lives and in our history — he is the one who died on the cross and "has been raised up." He is, for us, the one who clearly leads us to the Father and seeks only to do his Father's will.

The Holy Spirit/sanctifier in baptism and confirmation powerfully touches our lives and fills us with grace, power, and spirit — all that is holy! Every day, "sanctifying and bringing together the human and divine," happens so wondrously through the power and gift of the Spirit of God.

The scriptures give us this mystery, never explaining it, but presenting it to us as the God who is. It doesn’t seem surprising to have a notion of God as a communion of love between Father, Son, and Spirit — three persons, yet one God. Creation, redemption, sanctification — these three realities happen to us in and through this God, and the mystery is revealed and unfolds itself to us and through us now and forever. Amen.

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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