Father Arthur’s Homily June 7 – Reflections on the Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity Year A Gospel – John 3:16-18
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Father Arthur Marat’s Homily, June 6-7, 2020.
My brothers and sisters, today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. On this special day, I would like to encourage you to reflect on two mysteries: the mystery of God’s Love and the mystery of striving for holiness. These two mysteries are very important for our spiritual life.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, we as Catholics and Christians can respond to God’s Love in only one way: we can respond by opening our hearts and accepting the gift of His Love. To be open to God’s love means to believe in His Love.
The second mystery of our spiritual life, which I would like to encourage you to consider, is the universal call to holiness. The universal call to holiness means that each one of us is called in a special way to be a saint. God came into the world in Jesus Christ so that we might be united with Him. In other words, Jesus Christ left His majesty and lowered Himself by becoming man.
But, my brothers and sisters, He did this so that He could elevate us to the dignity of participating in God’s majesty. In other words, He made it possible for us to be divinized, to be sanctified. Therefore, the goal of following the path to holiness is being perfectly united with God—perfectly immersed in His Love.
My brothers and sisters, after sharing these reflections with you, one question arises: What does God expect from us especially in very difficult times in our country? The answer to this question is very simple. God expects our love. God waits for us to turn away from the darkness, evils of racism and to discover His Love. He waits for us to follow the way of holiness—the way of discovering His Love by doing good works, helping others, and sharing His Love. On the way to holiness and the way of responding to God’s Love, there is no room for selfishness. There is no room for pride. There is no place for egoism. Rather, there is room only for the humble fulfillment and faithfulness to God’s will.
My brothers and sisters, on this Sunday I would like to invite you to take some time to show God’s Love to others. Follow the way to holiness by loving God and others. Amen.
Rev. Artur Marat