Friday, June 20, 2008

The Gift of Communion, Part One by Fr. James

The Gift of Communion, Part One

George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut once said that when he was young he asked God to tell him about the mystery of the universe. But God answered him and said that such knowledge is reserved for God alone. So the famous scientist asked God to tell him about the mystery of the peanut. God said that knowledge about the peanut was something that he could handle and God told him all about it.”

My dear friends, when we consider the mystery of God, we must realize that just like George Washington Carver had to be content with his knowledge of the inner workings of the peanut, so too we must understand that our knowledge of God is very limited indeed. As Pope Benedict once said: “God, as the Wholly Other, remains beyond our comprehension”.

The mystery of the Blessed Trinity is clearly revealed to us throughout the New Testament. However, we already get a glimpse into this mystery in the first book of the Bible. “God said, let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves…” (Genesis 1: 26). Us? Ourselves? These words reveal to us the nature of God. God is one God, but three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, not three Gods... (Continued here at Catholic Exchange)

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