Deacon Alfred's reflection on Holy Trinity Sunday

As I reflect, please join me as we call upon the Trinity to help us to not only hear but listen to this message. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

 

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Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity 2020

 

Greeting my brothers and sisters;

Let us begin this reflection as live, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

This weekend we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity. One God, three persons, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Some may ask how can this be, it is a mystery and I will never try to explain it. To me it’s like trying to explain how this bread and wine can become the Body and Blood of Jesus. It’s a mystery and we accept it because Jesus said it. We don’t understand how but we believe, and we call upon the Trinity when we begin to pray, Father Son, Holy Spirit. We call upon the Trinity when to bless ourselves and love one, Father Son, Holy Spirit. We call upon the Trinity when we bless religious articles, Father Son, Holy Spirit. We believe ever when it seems impossible.

As I continue with this reflection, please join me as we call upon the Trinity to help us to not only hear but listen to this message. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

      

Two week ago, most of us if not all of us, watched another video of an African American man, Mr. George Floyd, killed or shall I say murdered before my eyes on National TV. This to me seems to be another wakeup call that we as Catholic Christians and followers of Christ, cannot continue to be silence, to deny and pretend that nothing is wrong with that or to say it is not my business. If we believe any of these things than we are different than those three policemen who stood there and did nothing. This was a human being made in the image and likeness of God, one of our brothers.

I, as African American, see this incident as another racial treatment that need to get the attention of all of us, which I call Racism. We, Catholic Christians and followers of Christ, are not responsible for racism, but we are responsible what we do about it. Our church has always reminded us that racism is a sin. Racism is not a thing of the past; it is real and must be met head on.

Most people, who are different from us, do not understand why African American people are doing what they are doing, that’s because they have not walk in our shoes or experience the things that we have endured. They are releasing their frustrated and angry. If people different from us want to know why we act this way just ask. Let’s begin the conversation about racism, so as to hear and listen to our stories, get to know us and not judge us wrongly.

I most definitely do not agree or condone what is going on with the destruction of properties and burning of buildings, but I understand why. (Talk about what happens to a pipe when it is stopped out)

Maybe many of the African American communities all around this country feel that their voices are not heard; their complaints about racial treatments are not being paid attention to, so they are frustrated, disgusted, hurt and releasing some of the angry in way that they know. I don’t know, but do know that every human being has to release those things that have built up within them some kind of way.

Also, for most African American people, when we are stopped by the police, are filled with fear and even danger. (we are thinking and wondering if I am going to get beaten or killed) that’s our realty. We cry out to you, my brothers and sisters help us, help us or one day we may be saying the same words that Mr. George Floyd said, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe” 

People of good conscience must stop turning their backs and closing their eyes, when one of God’s children his sons and daughters, are being deprived of their human dignity and even their lives. Not being concerned about all God’s people is not an option. We are called to help one another as Jesus did for us. When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet he said; “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do”. (John 13:15)  At the judgement Jesus said; “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me”. And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life”. (Matthew 25:45-46)

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believe in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

I don’t know about you but I want eternal life. So I’m going to do as St. Paul said in his second letter to the Corinthians; rejoice, mend my ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, so that the love of God and peace will be with me always.(2 Corinth. 13:11)

So as we celebrate, reflect and call on the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, let us use the gifts and talents that have been given to us to bring about changes. Let us, as brothers and sisters, come together, particularly with those who are from different cultural background, so that we can begin to talk about this sin and listen to one another. I believe that then and only then we can begin to move toward eliminating this sin of racism, which is trying to divide and destroy God’s people, who are his sons and daughters.

Finally y’all, St. Paul have told us over 2000+ years ago; “our struggles or battles is not with flesh and blood (with another), but with the prince of darkness”. (Eph.6:12) We have read and heard this passage over and over, over again.

Why have we not gotten it?

 

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believe in him might not perish but might have eternal life.