February 3, 2019 – Liturgical Ruminations by Fr. Pat

As Lent slowly approaches, I thought I would start some reflections regarding the Sacraments – especially Baptism and Reconciliation – which God manifests His love for us.

The Instruction for the Rite of Penance starts out with:

The Father has shown forth his mercy by reconciling the world to himself in Christ and by making peace for all things on earth and in heaven by the blood of Christ on the cross….

Reflect on why the Trinity created the world. In a nutshell, it is a desire to share a deep love. God was by Himself, sharing the love only God can share between the three persons of the Trinity. Moreover, that love was so great that he wanted to share it. That relationship that exists between the individual Persons was meant to include us. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me (John 17:21).”

Think of a young child who receives a desired gift from Santa. Filled overflowing with joy, that child  announces to anyone who would listen: “Look what Santa brought me!” he/she just wants to share the Joy that is felt with anyone who is willing to receive that joy. God, Himself, may have felt the same way in  desiring to share that Joy with the world. However, with the ability to have a true relationship, was created to share in that love that only God can give. What does the old Baltimore Catechism say? “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.”

Although humanity was invited (and is STILL invited) to have a deep relationship with the Lord,  humanity chose otherwise, the result being Original Sin. We broke the original Relationship that God  intended from the very beginning.

However, God, Himself, still strives His joy with us. As we shall see, he has never abandoned us, and He still strives to share Himself with us. In the upcoming articles, we shall see how.

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