Open Your Life to the Presence of God

We live in an age where silence is feared and many people are afraid to spend time being alone.  People are constantly using modern means of technology to communicate with others.  Televisions sets and radios are turned on to provide background noise.  People wear headphones when exercising rather than using the time for quiet reflection. People find words to fill those awkward gaps of silence in conversation.  Whatever happened to the simple words of wisdom, “Silence is golden?”

Today’s feast of the Most Holy Trinity is a feast that calls us to experience the life and love of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  But for this to happen we need to make the time to be still, as Psalm 46 states, “Be still, and know that I am God!

Be still and observe God our Father in the continuing act of creating new things for our enjoyment. As the saying goes, “Stop and smell the roses!”  Take time to look around you and see the beauty of creation as you remember that nature is our teacher and reveals much to us about who our God is.

See the Father’s creative power at work in the rising and setting of the sun; the brilliant light of the moon and evening stars.  Notice the beauty of the flowers that adorn gardens and the work of bees that have been created for the purpose of pollination.  See the tiny caterpillar emerge into a beautiful butterfly, a reminder of resurrection and new life!  See in the tiny infant God’s continued hope for the world and the trust that he has placed in us to make it a better place in which to live.  Yes, be still, be quiet, see and give thanks!

Be still and witness God the Son at work as he continues to set us free from those things that we have entangled ourselves in.  Daily, the Son invites us to come out of the cold, dark tomb into the light of Easter joy and peace.  Rest in the knowledge that Jesus is praying for you as he invites you to experience more fully the new life he died and rose to give each one of us.  Let the words of Scripture pierce your ears and heart, “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through him.”  Yes, be still, be quiet, see Jesus at work and give thanks!

Be still and open your life to the presence, power, and movement of God the Holy Spirit, who dwells within each one of us and silently guides, challenges, comforts and encourages.  Reflect on the gifts that the Holy Spirit has endowed us with, the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, piety, and awe of God.  See how these gifts are at work within you so as to make you a more faithful and bold witness of the Gospel Way of Life.  Yes, be still, and listen, and give thanks!

Finally, remember what the sacred author of Genesis has told us.  We are created in the very image and likeness of God.  When God finished creation, God looked at it and said, “It is very good!”  And in this we find our vocation as the baptized: to create what is good, to set others free, and to comfort, challenge, guide, and inspire those whom God sends into our lives.

Being sinful human beings, let us ask the good God to help us build our lives in his very image and likeness, so that God’s work will continue to flourish in our world through the work of our hands.  As St. John Paul II said, “The human person is the clearest reflection of God among us.”

 

– Father Dennis, June 16, 2019