Week of June 11, 2017

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.  Below is a story told by Flor McCarthy, SDB looking at the mystery of our God.

One day a farmer went into the city.  As he was walking down a busy street he suddenly stopped and said to a friend who was with him, “I can hear a cricket”.  His friend was amazed and asked, “How can you hear a cricket in the midst of all this noise?”

“Because my ears are attuned to his sound,” the farmer replied.

Then he listened even more intently, and following the sound, found the cricket perched on a window ledge.  His friend couldn’t get over this.  But the farmer showed no surprise.  Instead he took a few coins out of his pocket and threw them on the pavement.  On hearing the jingle of coins, the passers-by stopped in their tracks.

“You see what I mean,” said the farmer.  “None of those people could hear the sound of the cricket, but all of them could hear the sound of the money.  People hear what their ears are attuned to hear, and are deaf to all the rest.”

The point being made here is fairly obvious:  We could be tuned in to God if we took a little trouble.  Voltaire said: “It is natural to admit the existence of God as soon as one opens one’s eyes.”  And Abraham Lincoln said, “I can see how it might be possible for the man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”

When you look at a work of art it is impossible not to think of the artist.  To look on the created world and not see the Creator is to be blind to the meaning of the whole of creation and of ourselves.  Yet sadly many look and see nothing.  They listen and hear nothing.  Jesus spoke about God as a merciful and forgiving Father.  He spoke about himself as the Son of the Father.  And he sent the Holy Spirit to us to help us live as his disciples and children of God.

We are dealing with a great mystery.  Yet any child can grasp it in such a way as to be able to pray it and live it.  We think of God as our Father (and Mother), a Father who loves us deeply.  We think of Jesus as our Brother who gave his life for us.  And we think of the Holy Spirit as a friend who helps us to live like Jesus, and who binds us together as brothers and sisters in a community of faith and love.  As Christians, this is the atmosphere in which we live, and move, and have our being.

Each day find time to attune your ears, your eyes, and your heart to the presence of God.  It will make a difference in how you experience everything in your life.

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