My Dear Friends,

Knowing what God is like, knowing his Trinitarian nature, has a surprising consequence. It reveals our own human nature. It shows us who we are. This is because we were created in the image and likeness of God. That means we are designed to reach fulfillment in life by imitating God’s own way of being. In other words, we are meant to interact with one another with that same generosity that marks the interaction between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

From this perspective, the new commandment that Christ gave us during the Last Supper takes on a new level of meaning. It is simply a call to live our vocation as human beings to the full: to “image” Godin the world. Unless we learn to do that, we can never be fully satisfied. This is the heart of the Gospel: learning to love as Christ loves. This is our vocation, our mission.

Self-centeredness, self-indulgence, self-absorption – that’s where our culture tells us our happiness will be found. But because God has revealed himself to us, we know better. We are to be like Christ, to become living crucifixes. Every crucifix is a picture of the Trinity, because every crucifix is a picture not of vague feelings that sometimes masquerade as love, like the feeling of “being in love.” No, it is a picture of real, self-forgetful, self-sacrificing love that shows itself in actions.

Today, when we once again profess our faith in the Blessed Trinity, and when we make the sign of the cross at the end of this Mass, let’s thank God for showing us what he is really like, and let’s ask him to help each of us to be just like him.

This Monday I will be leaving on a pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany accompanied by 24 folks from Assumption and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Please pray for our trip and follow along! I will strive to post to our Parish Facebook page and Instagram account.

Love,

Fr. Jason

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