Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

My Companions: Let us pray for our friends and relatives who are sick will receive care and hope especially my Aunt Agnes and Dan.  Let us find Your Glory in the new life of Springtime.  And help us grow in the Community of Love that is the Trinity.  Let us pray in a special way this weekend for all those who have given their lives that we may live and worship in freedom.  Also, remember all who have gone before us and shared their lives and their faith with us.

Birthday: Michael Ross (5/26), Anniversary: Gary Dixon (d) (5/20)

Keeping-in-touch: I guess I was not much help for you, my companions, to prepare for our assembly last week: I missed posting for the feast of Pentecost.  We took time to go camping with our SCC (small church community) at the Pueblo Reservoir.  I was reminded of Pentecost the whole weekend for we were almost blown home by the constant wind.  We shared in the inaugural voyage of Connie and Alan's new camper and we visited the one-man-built castle: Bishop's Castle.  Our friends Greg & Pat joined our camp sites for a sand-filled dinner. We're hoping to celebrate God's creations many times this spring, summer and fall with many camping trips (who knows we might show-up at your door).

The Readings: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Comments on the readings: Fr. Foley: “Christian living is the Trinity in action."

My Comments: As I meditate on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, it helps me to know that the ancients' understanding of "person" is not the same as the common Western understanding of "person."  The ancients understood personhood as in some sense individual but always in community as well.  God is Love.  And Love can not be divided even though we think of this Community of Love as The Lover (Father), The Beloved (Son) and the Love they share (Spirit).  Oh! what a Mystery upon which to reflect!  Oh what a glory to be a part of a Community of Perfect Love!

May the peace of Christ be with each of you.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ascension of the Lord/Seventh Sunday of Easter

My Companions: Let us pray for all who suffer from the tragedy of the oil spill, may we work to be good stewards of Your Creation.  Thank You for all the gifts we have.  We have many cares and concerns on our lists, may we praise you in our joys and in our sorrows.
Birthday: Connie Kobza (5/10), Anniversary: Katie & Jim Frodl (5/11)

Keeping-in-touch: I can not keep up with all the activities around here...  it's good to have a life filled with activity!

The Readings: Ascension of the Lord/Seventh Sunday of Easter

Comments on the readings: Fr. Foley: “But this is confusing. Which was it? Take us with him to the Trinity, or somehow let his presence stay after he went?
My Comments: I liked the question, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?"  At times we may have "too much heaven on our minds," and we just need to get on with the task of living!

May the peace of Christ be with each of you.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sixth Sunday of Easter

My Companions: Let us pray for all who seek healing of mind and body, especially, Dan Gravelyn who will hopefully have a successful bone marrow transplant.  May all our hurts and pains be united with Christ's suffering which was/is/will be transformed to new life.  And let's pray for the glory of all the gifts of God's creation, especially Makayla Beth.  And, Lord, make in us, and especially our leaders, new hearts filled with love and service rather than our stony hearts of greed and selfishness.  And let's pray in a special way for all our mothers, those who are with us and those who have preceded us in faith to a new dimention of life with the Lord.

Birthdays: Anna Margaret DeBaar (5/3), Willy Smith (5/5), Molly Norton (5/6), Sharon McKay (5/7), Patrick Norton (5/8),

Keeping-in-touch: I kept very busy with the honey-do list while Nana Margaret helped with the introduction of our new granddaughter, Makayla.  I'm thankful for the help I received from my friends, Gary and Bill, and my son, Matthew.  I enjoyed my dinner with Connie and Alan as we planned camping trips... it's going to be a great summer.  I'm happy to have my Bride back and enjoy her stories and pictures.

The Readings: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Comments on the readings: Fr. Foley: “If you loved me you would rejoice.”

My Comments: Once again we have a Gospel challenge to love as Jesus loves and we see in the first reading that, right from the start, the apostles had to sort-out what was "required."  I hope as we prepare for our celebration this weekend we're looking not to what is required but to how we can love most fully.

May the peace of Christ be with each of you.