Week of 1/1/2018
St. Paul writes in the letter to the Corinthians, “Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: He catches the wise in their own ruses,” and again: “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.” So, let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you, Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or the present or the future: all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.”
St. Paul was a very smart man, and gives us an important meditation for our very scientific world. Science has been applied to many areas of human knowledge, including theology; but we always must remember that the supernatural world cannot be measured in scientific ways; it is way beyond atoms, molecules and chemical reactions. One approach is to ask the simple question: what is the most powerful force in the universe? It is not black holes, or gravity or even nature itself. The most powerful force is God, who is Love. Therefore, divine love not only surpasses our scientific or cultural categories of understanding the world, but also is the only way to explain the deepest “whys” and “why nots” of the universe.
The most important “realities” that every person and every family faces is the joys and trials of relationships, whether they are tensions at home, work or in other places, or the related issues of security and stability of those whom I love. Love is powerful, consoling, encouraging, healing, strengthening, and many others. It is also fragile, because of our fallen human nature and our inclination towards selfishness and sin. Hence, because of Love’s precariousness within fallen human nature, we must turn to the most “unprecarious” love, which is God. A deep relationship with God satiates all the deepest desires of the human being. God’s love is infinite; therefore, it carries healing “properties” that no human love by itself ever could. God provides us with the sacraments, confession and Eucharist, with the stunning example of the love of His Son, and therefore the enduring image of His faithful commitment to our redemption and hope of salvation. He provides us with the magnificent promises that whoever puts Him first in all things, only then provides the greatest gifts to their loved ones; a clear example of God’s gift.
As St. Maximilian Kolbe endured the horrors of Auschwitz and then the starvation chamber, he showed us that Love, when deeply connected to God, can make one sing God’s praises even in the midst of horrific evil and injustice. The greatest gift we can give our loved ones is the Faith, period. From that, a child learns true selfsufficiency lies not in mere physical health or any ambitious job, but in a relationship that pours the most powerful Force in the universe into our hearts, to heal and liberate us from ego, and seek each others salvation. No black hole or even seashore can comfort, assure and heal us like God does.
Please take note that next weekend will be our annual Sons of St. Joseph free pancake breakfast in the gym following the 7:30am, 9 and 10:30am Masses. All are welcome! Pancakes made from scratch! Very special thanks in advance to our very dedicated Sons of St. Joseph who meet every Saturday for prayer and discussion on meaty topics of the day at 6:30am. We average over 30 men a week; please join us!
God love you,
Fr. Brian Gannon