Weekend Refection (May 29/30)
Holy Trinity 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Who is God truly, what is he like? We might use some fancy words; God is infinite, omnipotent, omniscient. It all sounds impressive, doesn’t it but a bit distant? Here’s a different one, God’s will is love.
When you ask someone to describe someone else, beyond using adjectives, they tell stories. Their experiences describe who the person is. In life, we understand a person by experiencing a relationship with them. When it comes to the question, who is God, our answer is found in our relationship with Him; as humanity, as people, and as persons. We can look through our shared history, the scriptures, and the collective memories and traditions of the Christian community.
God has entered into the life of this world then into human history. He is the creator of the universe, and all creation has his fingerprints. Our history is of a savior who becomes man and shows us how to love and the Spirit who lives and breathes in us today. God is love and this love “is not sentimental, emotional, but the love of the Father who is the source of all life, the love of the Son who died on the cross and rose, the love of the Spirit who renews man and the world,” Pope Francis.
Some say God is whatever you want him to be, but that can’t be true. God is not a fiction of our creation, or mere reasoning, a philosophy, or a piece of algebra. God is not a problem to be solved but one to be loved, a mystery to be embraced. We believe God has made himself known to us, revealed himself to us, our intellect, our reason, our reflections.
The Holy Trinity reaches out to the world to embrace it, asking us to embrace each other. This is the role of the Church too as the visible sign of God in the world. God calls us to recognize God as father and each other as brother and sister. There are other voices in the world calling us to hate each other, to hurt, to divide sometimes, sadly, in the name of God. God must weep.
To truly honor God, we must embrace the life he offers; we can only do that by embracing the world. The Spirit calls us to create a communion, an interconnectedness in the world and between heaven and earth. We can’t be people of God unless we are a people of love. This can’t be mere sentimentality, but a love that’s real that sheds sweat and tears. We bring God to the world, to the hurt, the poor, the angry, the desolate, to those who seek, search and hope.
Ubi caritas et amor Deus Ibi Est.
Where there is love and charity, there is God.
Choose love always, choose God.
With Love and Blessings,
Daily Readings from USCCB
As a reminder, our parish has obtained access to Bishop Barron's
Word on Fire
video library for all parishioners and we can view any of his incredible series. A group of about 70 parishioners has been watching a video a week virtually. We've just started Bishop Barron's first series,
, a beautifully filmed and powerfully delivered overview of our faith. Please join us by texting the word BARRON to 84576 or go to
Live Stream Links
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If you would like to volunteer please click on the link below and put your name in one of the spaces.
Please remember that masks are required at all times while on the church grounds. This is not only for the safety of our visitors but also our priests and worship team.
Virtual Prayer Book
Do you know someone that is in need of prayers?
Are they sick and need prayers of healing?
Do they need prayers for strength to get through this crisis?
Do they need prayers for patience while homeschooling their children?
Is someone lonely and could use a little lifting up by the Holy Spirit?
Add their name to our Virtual Prayer Book
. During the Prayer of the Faithful we will include them collectively by saying, "all those listed in our virtual prayer book" and they will be included along with all of the intersessions we are praying for during mass.
215 Essex Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Although we are currently hosting a limited number of public masses, we are doing our very best to maintain a community for our parishioners and friends.
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This will help us continue to pay our staff, who continue to work, and maintain vital programs and operations.
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on Sunday, May 30 at 12:05PM