Mass Celebration of the Blessed Trinity, including the Maker this Memorial Day Weekend, the One Who Bought us Back, and the Holy Ghost! + Father, Son and Holy Ghost!
What are the three parts of an egg?
(A shell, yoke and albumin, no?) Three parts making up a whole (WHOLE) like the Trinity sprinkled through the Sacred Scriptures).
Or think of a three-leaf clover!
Or....any other examples?
Delight and play are highlighted in today's Proverbs, chapter 8. In Proverbs, we hear:
"Oh you simple, understand wisdom; and fool, be you of an understanding heart."
Often I hear people I counsel say things like:
"He's a pig!" (Referring to alcohol attachment disorder that Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross refer to as a diagnosis long before Sigmund Freud).
No delight let alone intimacy in that statement. Not a kindly statement, is it?
Yet, the bible character, Wisdom/Sophia takes delight in God and God in Sophia, and in you and me, despite sin and expectations that write people off.
We are saved by faith, Paul reminds us in Romans. We are. Faith is like that, no?
Even our afflictions, sickness, and sufferings, shut-in seniors, lonely teens or single young adults, and more, build character, endurance and evergreen hope, for sure.
God says so. Believe the Creator.
How true, no?
While a disease of lethargy seems to enfold this culture today amid the delight and intimacy in the bible, we can stand together in solidarity and strength.
Bishop Fulton Sheen said that all religious people can come together and pray on our knees, beyond one religion. We can.
Yes, the feminine wisdom, Sophia is the internally harmonic song of God that alone gives meaning and purpose, fullness of life! Proverb's instructions are for us. You and me!
The fragile vine of John 16 is not ready to bear such heavy fruit. Saint John attempts to link Jesus' disciples with creation of self and others before the foundations of the earth and world were made.
How awesome is that?
That God is so intimate with you and me, and loves us with an understanding heart so tenderly
Play, delight in the Lord this Memorial Day.
And, pledge to commit anew at this table of the Word and Sacrament, the Eucharist!
Intimacy and delight humming in the harmony of God, Detroit and this region with beloved disciples as the Trappist Thomas Merton reminds.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!