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Pastor's Message - Honoring Fatherhood on Father's Day

Jun 9, 2018

Saint Francis of Assisi Church

Pastor's Message

 

June 6, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

Two Sundays ago, we celebrated the mystery of The Most Holy Trinity and next Sunday on June 17th, we honor Fatherhood on Father's Day.  One of the most famous Father's Day quotes is from Mark Twain.

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so IGNORANT I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the man had learned in only seven years."

Of course, the boy changed, not the father.  In the same way, humanity changes, God is unchangeable.  We know more about God now than we did in former times of history.  What has changed?  Who has changed?  We know more about God now than people knew in past ages.  How can this be possible?  What has changed?  Who has changed?  Did God our Father change?  Does God change?  The change is NOT in God, the change is in us.

Once God decided to work with us, with our limited and fallen human nature and to break the barriers of OUR ignorance and self-centeredness, (the result of our fallen human nature), God patiently allowed humanity to grow in every new age to understand more and more of God's Life and God's Plan for us. 

We celebrate the KNOWLEDGE.  That God is One in THREE Divine Persons.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#234) calls this mystery "The central truth of Christianity".

It is only through DIVINE Revelation that we have come to know that God is One in Three.

We know this Dogma to be true.  But to understand fully this Truth is beyond human ability.  It is a Mystery!

We do not understand fully but God patiently allowed humanity to grow in every new age to understand more and more of God's Life and God's Plan for us.

There is a saying:

How do we teach a child to run?  We need to teach the child to walk.

How do we teach a child to walk?  We need to teach the child to crawl.

In a sense, age after age God our Father has broken the barriers of OUR ignorance, and patiently helped humanity to grow to understand more and more of God's Life and God's Plan for us.

We can see this growth in the knowledge in Sacred Scripture and Church Teaching.

A new knowledge dawned with Abraham, but Abraham and the human family were not ready for baptism in Jesus Christ.

A new knowledge dawned with Moses, but Moses and the chosen people were not ready for Holy Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ.

A new knowledge dawned with John the Baptist, but John the Baptist and his disciples were not ready for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit.

We know more about God now than people knew in past ages.  How can this be possible?  What has changed?  Who has changed?

The change is NOT in God, the change is in us.

It is only through DIVINE Revelation that we have come to know that God is One in Three.

God Bless Us,

Father Richard York, your Pastor

 

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