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June 11th – Community of Love

Scripture Reflection . . .

The Most Holy Trinity

First Reading: Exodus 34: 4-9

Responsorial: Daniel 3:52-55

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Gospel: John 3:16-18

Recently singing the song. Alleluia, Sing to Jesus, the phrase about Jesus “robed in flesh” caught my attention, and I think it has a connection to this feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

We have a God whose love spilled over into creation, a creation that God loves so much that God the Father sent God the Son to dwell among us (John 3:16); to “come along in our company” (Exodus)- to be robed in flesh and to share God the Spirit with us – as we celebrated with Pentecost last week.

What we know of love is that it can’t be contained – it is a creative force. Only consider the effect of love in your life. We are created in the image of God, who is a community of love -Father, Son and Holy Spirit – a community of giving & receiving love. We need only observe ourselves and any aspect of creation for that matter. Everything relies on something or someone else to survive and flourish. All creation is interdependent. We are created for community.

The Reading from Paul’s  Second Letter to the Corinthians details the attitude for living lovingly in community: “mend your ways [perhaps we could insert here about having a spirit of forgiveness and humility]; encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace . . .” And this is how we will make visible the “God of love and peace.”

In Our Lives as Sisters of the Holy Redeemer . . .

This past week we experienced the community of love . . .

. . . In a healthcare leadership and spirituality program and retreat in which reverence for the body, mind, and soul of self and others is deepened.

. . .Witnessing a wedding and baptism in our chapel. Here life, love and faith is supported and encouraged in a very visible way by the community.

. . . Participating in the school garden program is to witness the interdependence of Earth and Human communities.

. . . Attending the ordination of Deacons at the Archdiocese Cathedral. It was a gift to experience the call and response of individuals to serve the community of faith in this special ministry. The liturgy was especially meaningful as one of the newly ordained Deacons has worked with our congregation for many years.

. . .Welcoming back a former Redeemer Ministry Corps  who will stay with us in community for the duration of one of her physician Assistant internships.

In Your Life . . .

Pray with  this truth:  God loves you so much God is robed in your flesh! God dwells within you for you are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16 ).

You are an integral part of the movement of the Holy Trinity, called to both receive and give love.

Our faith calls us to believe we are loved by God that much. And it is this belief in being loved that sends us forth to love others. Let love spill out of you into the world!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen!

Blessings on your week!