June 16th 2019

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Contents:

  1. Parish Bulletin for Holy Family
  2. Newsletter for St Benedict's
  3. This Sunday's Readings
  4. Sunday Reflection

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This Sunday's Readings

First Reading                    Proverbs 8:22-31

The Wisdom of God cries aloud:
The Lord created me when his purpose first unfolded, before the oldest of his works.
From everlasting I was firmly set, from the beginning, before earth came into being.
The deep was not, when I was born, there were no springs to gush with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth;
before he made the earth, the countryside, or the first grains of the world's dust.
When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there,
when he drew a ring on the surface of the deep, when he thickened the clouds above,
when he fixed fast the springs of the deep,when he assigned the sea its boundaries
- and the waters will not invade the shore - when he laid down the foundations of the earth,
I was by his side, a master craftsman, delighting him day after day,
ever at play in his presence, at play everywhere in his world,
delighting to be with the sons of men.



Second Reading                  Romans 5:1-5

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God's glory. But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.



Gospel Reading                     John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:

"I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.

Everything the Father has is mine; that is why 1 said:
All he tells you will be taken from what is mine."


Sunday Reflection The Holy Trinity

Learning Without End

Students, now facing finals, may be looking ahead to their graduation. The longed-for end of years of academic toil comes into sight, but a new type of toil called employment awaits. We humans are always engaged with work in one form or another. In the same way our search for truth continues throughout our earthly life.

The only 'graduation' from the school of The Truth is through the portal of death because The Truth is a supernatural endowment we receive over our lifetime. We are able to receive The Truth in proportion to our willingness and capacity to engage with it. As a result, the journey to The Truth has many stops and starts as well as false turnings resulting from Satan's attempts to make subtle but significant alterations to the signposts.

Despite Jesus' repeated attempts to forewarn the apostles of his approaching Passion and Death, they appear not have grasped the significance of this particular Passover meal in Jerusalem. St. John's Gospel extract for Trinity Sunday (16:12-15) begins with Jesus telling the disciples at, what we refer to as 'The Last Supper': "I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now". Are not these words perhaps reminiscent of our childhood when, pestering our parents for information, we heard something similar? Older children are not usually given to believing that anything is too much for them though experience confirms, at a price, what elders tried to impart for free!

Jesus continues: "But when the Spirit of Truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth …" For Jesus, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who labours to bring God's Truth to humankind. This labour of love we call Revelation because it is not our discovery or our creation, it is God's gift.

Prayerful contemplation of Jesus' life and teaching allows Revelation to continually open up for us the depths of Jesus' words and how they infuse every aspect of our lives. No human has fully grasped the significance of Jesus' teaching about God and about life, about the world we currently inhabit and about nationhood.

This Sunday's passage from John gives us what might be called, the principles of Revelation. The implications of Jesus' statement: "The Spirit of Truth … will lead you to the complete Truth …" is that whatever we presently hold to be The Truth remains incomplete in our comprehension. What we have received, down the ages, through Revelation and the authoritative teaching of the Church embodies the fulness of Truth but our sin-damaged life so impairs our spiritual vision that we are able to grasp only fragments of the unifying spiritual totality of The Truth. Our celebration of Trinity Sunday marks such a moment. As the gathered Church, we vocalise, prayerfully, our belief in the Holy Trinity through the words of both the Nicene and Apostles' Creed as well as through many of the prayers of the Mass and celebrations of the seven Sacraments.

Our most frequently used Trinitarian prayer is The Sign of the Cross - "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." Though most frequently used (and, sadly, abused) we bless ourselves with the words that our well beyond our comprehension. The prayer is an act of faith for we believe in the Holy Trinity, Three Persons in One God, without comprehending their nature or understanding how they relate to one another. God's continuous revelation comes to us in multiple forms but in a uniquely special way through the Second Person of the Trinity whom we identify as Jesus of Nazareth, God-made-Man.

Faith, then, is when we deliberately step-off the pathway of logic and comprehension and accept what we cannot presently comprehend as The Truth because it has been given unique verification by Jesus, the Son of God-made-Man. Someone once compared God calling us to have faith in Him with a parent calling a young offspring to have faith in stepping off the edge and trusting that the parent's open arms will catch him. Faith is condition-less trust in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

God, our loving Father, is always actively revealing himself. It is true that God's supreme and unsurpassable revelation came to us in Jesus; but Jesus is not a figure in history, he is a living Person and, therefore, in him God's revelation continues. The Spirit of Truth continues to lead us into an ever-growing realization of Jesus and his message for us today. The more we align our life with that of Jesus, the more he becomes real for us and the more his Spirit will be able to reveal to us. In order to receive this Revelation, we must proclaim our faith, our trust, that Jesus is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity coequal with the Father and the Spirit.

Perhaps, this is a day to review, just how casually perhaps, we make the Sign of the Cross.