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06/11/17 - The Most Holy Trinity - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Lectionary: 164

 

  • From today’s Gospel - “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
  • More than anything else - We need to be saved from ourselves
  • From our egos… from our selfishness… from our hatreds… from our greed… We can each make our own lists…
  • If God sent Jesus to save the world… We might dare to ask – What is God waiting for?
  • God can do all things... Why then, do we live in a world of sickness, and poverty, and hatred, and war?...
  • The answer is quite simple - God has chosen not to act alone...
  • Through a mystery of our faith - God has chosen to allow each of us to play a role in the salvation of the world...
  • Have we ever considered the power of our life’s example?
  • Have we ever considered how many lives we touch each day?
  • God gives each of us opportunities every day to help build His Kingdom on this earth – But question for each of us is: Do we recognize them?
  • And perhaps just as importantly – Do we act on them?
  • We cooperate with, and promote God’s plan of salvation, by living the Gospel in our daily lives...
  • By living lives of integrity and honesty; by being faithful to our promises; by taking care of our families; by helping those in need...
  • There’s no shortage of God's Grace in the world... Just a shortage of individuals who are willing to share that Grace with others... 
  • We’ve been given everything that we need to resolve a majority of the world’s most pressing issues…
  • The problem is not with God… The problem is with us… And our refusal to live the Gospel
  • We’ve all been given the gift of free will to live our lives as we choose...
  • And as we’re reminded in Deuteronomy (30:19) “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curseChoose life.”
  • The choice is ours to make every day... 
  • The way we live our lives matters, not only to us and our immediate families and acquaintances… But to the world at large
  • We decide and we choose... and what we decide and choose forms our lives as well as our world...
  • We can teach our children to hate or we can teach them to love... and as we do so, the future is formed...
  • God gives us everything we need to live lives of meaning and significance... Lives of compassion and mercy… Lives of peace and harmony
  • What we do with what we’ve been given, is what determines what kind of world we create...
  • Our choices have consequences...
  • As we go through life - We often crave assurances that we're on the right track...
  • Assurances that we alone know the way… Assurances which often imply that others are still lost...
  • When we choose to separate ourselves from others... We can fail to recognize that we too are often lost...
  • When choose to follow this path, we can often fail to appreciate that that we’re all in need of God's Grace...
  • That God loves all His children, especially the lost and the confused...
  • Until we can accept this God Who is love itself...
  • Until we can accept that we are all cut from the same cloth...
  • Until we can accept that we’re all in this together... that we’re all on the same journey to the same Father in heaven... regardless of our respective race, creed or color
  • We will continue to divide rather than to unite...
  • And we’ll continue to fight wars over a God Who sent His Son to teach us to love rather than to hate...
  • We can’t change our neighbors, or our co-workers, or our familiesBut we can change ourselves through small efforts, one day at a time
  • Someone once wrote: “Every step you make in the direction of peace, every smile that you produce, and every loving look that you have, inspires and helps the people around you to have faith in the future.”  (Going Home - Jesus and Buddha as Brothers; Thich Nhat Hanh, Pg.201).
  • That’s how we change the world… (and) That’s how we end the violence
  • We do it by imitating Jesus… (as best we can each day)…
  • We do it by accepting our role in God’s plan of salvation
  • Marianne Williamson wrote: “Many are called but few are chosen” means that everyone is called, but few care to listen.  The call goes out to all of us, all the time.  None of us has more or less capacity for contributing to the salvation of the world.  (In) Choosing to serve God, we are choosing the path towards God’s greatness within us.  When we see people who are clearly letting the Spirit work through them – who have found their genius, their power, their passion – we are not seeing some special force at work that chose them over othersThe power did not choose them, so much as they chose it.”  The Gift of Change (Pg. 201).

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