|By Fr. Brendan McGuire
Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, San Jose and Vicar General for special projects, Diocese of San Jose. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genius of God
Sunday, May 8, 2016
The genius of a composer is in his music but if one examines and analyzes the music, we do not necessarily understand where the genius comes from. The genius of the poet is in her words but if one analyzes the words we do not necessarily understand her genius. The genius of God is his creation and yet if one analyzes creation one does not necessarily understand that genius.1
To experience the music is to understand the genius. To hear the poem lifts the heart. To experience God’s creation is to understand the mystery of God. It is not necessary to have intellectual comprehension of these, but when one experiences them, one truly knows what it is. The high point of God’s creation is Christ becoming one of us: so that we would truly understand God’s love for creation in and through the gift of his Spirit.
We hear today at the end of the Gospel of Luke that Jesus is departing and his last words to his disciples. Then we hear in the Acts of the Apostles, how they begin their new life without him. He reminds them, “I give you the gift from the Father, the Holy Spirit and you will be witnesses of these things.” What do we witness? His Love! It is love that makes us; love that sustains us; and in the end, it is love that completes us. It is all about Love. When we witness to love, then life is complete.
There are many examples of love in our lives. On Mother’s Day in America, I hope we can look to our mothers as examples of that love. All mothers are not perfect and there are times that they could have done better.
A mother’s love needs to be experienced to know that love is real. It is not helpful to analyze it because we do not really get any further; it is best just to experience the love.
We thank the many mothers among in our community and mothers who are no longer with us for the gift of their love; for the gift of that experience of their love. But we cannot stop there. The Lord gave us this Spirit so we would live in his love and then go forth from here and love others the way he loves us.
On the Feast of the Ascension, we recognize that Christ left us but that he gave us the greatest gift he could: his love through the Holy Spirit. We must be willing to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives once again each and every day and most especially at this table, so that we can go forth from here and love everyone who comes our way. Our mission was given by Christ; the mission has a church and it is you and I; to love one another through the gift of the Holy Spirit. That is the genius of God!
(Endnotes) 1 Anthony DeMello, S.J., One Minute Nonsense, Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1992) p.134.