Happy St. Patty’s Day! Corned beef and potatoes are on the menu for dinner today. My wife and kids will not allow me to make cabbage. They say it is too dangerous for them, if I eat cabbage. I don’t understand their concern!
Today’s reflection is Jesus’ role in the Trinity.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
“When the Irish say that St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland, what they don’t tell you is that he was the only one who saw any snakes!”
Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also. For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (NAB Jn 5:19-23)
This parable is taken from the Jewish tradition that an apprenticeship in a trade is modeled on that of his fathers. Jesus’ dependence on the Father is justification for doing what the He does. He is not acting apart from God; he is God on earth. The Holy Trinity is ONE in three distinct persons or ways. They cannot be separated.
As THE true agent of God, the Father; Jesus never acted on his own authority, but only on what he heard from His Father. For me, this is too hard to explain completely. If Jesus is God, why does He have to listen to himself? Is He schizophrenic? NO, NO, NO! Jesus is showing us what to do by saying this. We are to listen to God also. We are to do what God wants us to do, without explanation.
Jesus’ mission, given to Him from His heavenly Father, is to”give life” to those who believe in Him. Anyone refusing to believe will be judged by Jesus when He returns.
We will see greater things from Jesus in upcoming gospel readings. He raises Lazarus from the dead. He also confronts His accusers, is tortured in the scourging, and is crucified on the cross. He did all this for our sins, and for our salvation.
The greatest thing He did though was on an early Sunday morning, three days after His death on the cross. His resurrection showed us that life with him is possible, and achievable. Redemption has been paid for us by Jesus. Why would one not want to love Him?
“Lord, I love you, and want you to live in me. I dedicate my whole self to you. Do with me as you will. I live solely for you, and for the gifts you have entrusted to me temporarily; my family. With your mercy, I will share my faith to others, in your name. Amen”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Catholic Saint of the Day: Saint Patrick
Feastday is March 17. Patron of Ireland. St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.
“Apostle” of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.
Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone’s Irish. There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.
Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.
As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.
During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote, “The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”
Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.
He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”
He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.
Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.
Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.
Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.
Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.
In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.
( (From http://www.catholic.org/saints/ website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #17:
In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ. By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for His Church. They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child.