Father and Son

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 1.55.35 PMWe are celebrating two important things this weekend. Firstly, we are celebrating Father’s Day and the gift of fatherhood and secondly, we are celebrating the Church’s feast – the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The mystery of Holy Trinity is one we will never fully comprehend because God is our creator and we are His mere creatures; as St. Augustine put it, “if we can understand God, then He is not God.”

It is not very difficult to envision Jesus; after all we do receive Him in the Eucharist every time we come to Mass, but apart from the Eucharist, there are also many statues and paintings of Jesus. However, since we haven’t seen the Father, no one really knows what Father looks like. And yet, Jesus told His disciples that those who have seen Him have seen the Father. It is because the Father is like the Son, and the Son is like the Father. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are so perfectly united and in tune with each other that they are one. I think one of the reasons why we have a hard time envisioning the Holy Trinity is because we live in a world torn by disunity and discord. We are not used to perfect harmony and perfect unity.

At the moment of our baptism, we became God’s children – adopted sons and daughters of God. But even before we were born, God already saw us and then He fashioned us into us, as an artist sees the masterpiece in a piece of wood or marble before creating the master piece.

Let me share with you a reflection written by Fr. Vito Marzilliano. “While living and working in Toronto, Joseph, a young artist from the Czech Republic was one day called by his neighbour to pick up logs from a tree that had been cut down to make room for an extension to the neighbour’s house. The young artist graciously accepted the wood from his neighbour. It would serve well for his fireplace that winter.

A few months later, the artist returned one of the logs to the neighbour. It was no longer a simple log, ready to be placed in the hearth. It was now a beautiful wooden sculpture of a father and son. Joseph had looked at one of the pieces of wood, and had seen something within, something that only the eyes of an artist could capture.

The great Michelangelo Buonarroti once wrote: “In every block I see a statue as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to take away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

God is the supreme artist who sees the masterpiece within each one of us. The journey of life, through joyful and challenging experiences, enables that masterpiece to come forth, until it reaches perfection in the hands of our Maker.”

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