Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20
A few days ago, as I was taking an early morning 7 mile walk, and was thinking about today’s Homily, I thought of Leo Buscaglia; a University of Southern California Professor of the 60’s and 70’s who once shared, “we need to move from me and you to WE and US.”
And just maybe today’s Feast of the Trinity, One God – Three Persons, is God’s way of reminding us it is not just about me. It is about God, others and us. It is about our relationships with God and with others.
Today’s Feast may also be a much needed reminder about the many ways that God makes His loving presence known in our lives and the lives of others each day.
Think about the presence of God that comes in Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, through prayer, through the Sacraments, and through each of us his disciples of the present day, as our Prelude song reminded us, “by Baptism we are sent by God to be the eyes and hands of Christ.”
Think of the billions of people that inhabit our planet Earth. Think about all the people we interact with daily for a moment or for much longer. Think about the possibilities, that we have individually and collectively, to bring God, the Gospel to one another, to others, every day!
Each day – appreciated or not – many present day disciples are the eyes and hands of Christ to others at home, at work, at school, in the community, in the parish and into the world.
Each day – we are called to work together to build up the kingdom of God here on Earth as it is in heaven, in response to our common baptismal call to be of priestly service as lay person, religious and clergy.
Each day – calls us to work at and build up – our relationships.
Our relationships with God, with those we know and do not know.
Our relationships are most certainly meant to communicate the very essence of God: life, faith, hope, love, forgiveness, and so much more…
How will we continue to communicate this to others?
Hopefully a bit better than the two Southern Ministers who together were putting up a road sign that said, “Turn around, the end is near, do it now.” With that a car drove by and the driver yelled out, “Religious nuts!” As the car drove out a sight, a crash was heard.
To which one minister said to the other, “do you think we should have just made a sign that said: “Bridge out?”
Like God, who has and continues to reveal himself to us daily… May we continue to grow in our common baptismal call to love God, love others, and be faithful disciples through our lives of service and ministry – yesterday, today and tomorrow.