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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,
D.Min., LMFT, AAPC

Talk for the Solemnity of the Trinity
June 11th, 2017

"God —Our Very Life"


     A ridiculous story made the rounds years ago. It is about a pilot and three passengers – a boy scout, a priest, and an atomic scientist, and a plane that develops engine trouble. The pilot rushes back to tell them that the plane is going down, and we have only three parachutes, and we are four. And he then grabs a parachute telling them that he has a wife and family waiting, and exits the plane. Then the atomic scientist jumps to his feet, stating that he one of the smartest men in the world, and the world needs me, and he grabs a parachute and exits. With an alarmed look on his face, , the priest says to the boy scout –‘I have no family, and I am ready to meet my maker, you are still young with much ahead of you –you take the last parachute.
The boy scout says to the priest, relax Father, we’re all right, because the the world’s smartest man just jumped out of the plane wearing my knapsack. Silly joke, yes, but a very important lesson –there are many smart, successful, affluent people who are jumping out of planes wearing knapsacks instead of parachutes. That is they are reaching for something that’s very appealing, but this pursuit will not save them. There is available to us and to everyone a body of truth, understandable, and eternal, and the early church called it the Trinity.
      We read in our first reading from Exodus 34; “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity”. Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship. How to you approach a being who is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, everlasting. How can you even imagine such a being? And that is why God the Father revealed his true nature in a gentle, compassionate man, Jesus of Nazareth. In Jesus we see God the Son cradling young children in his arms, and treating all persons with dignity and respect. In Jesus we are exposed to the approachable side of God – the God who would lay down his life on behalf of his creatures He had formed from the clay of the earth. Jesus told us to call him ‘Daddy.
      In our gospel we read: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life; For God did not send the son to condemn the world but that the world may be saved through Him."


 

 

 
 
 

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