|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.
Miracle of the Seed of God
Think for a moment about the miracle of a simple seed. A seed can be so small yet within that seed is all the potential for it to grow into a large tree. When planted in a rich soil, given water and fertilizer in the right season, it will sprout and grow into a tree and produce fruit. In that fruit is both the seed of a future tree with all the potential of yet another tree. The fruit can be food for humans, too. It is life sustaining as we live from that fruit and all of its own life lies within it.
This is a beautiful metaphor to understand the Trinity. And the reason we are called to celebrate this Sunday is to more fully experience the Trinity, not to dwell on the doctrine itself.
St. John of Damascus describes it so well, “The root is God the Father the source of all life. The plant is Christ Jesus. The fruit is the Spirit and within that Spirit lies all the power of God.”
For a moment think of it in our own lives. That Spirit was given to you and me, that seed of God’s complete Trinity. The complete Godhead was planted in our hearts and that is why today’s Gospel reassures us. “I will be with you until the end of the age,” he says. How does he accomplish that? He puts his seed within us, the Holy Spirit. Paul in his letter to the Romans assures us that it is this Spirit that makes us like Christ; a brother and sister in Christ. And it is that Spirit that makes us adopted children of God.
If we do not allow the time for the seed to grow within in our hearts; if we do not carve out that time to pray, then now is time for us to get serious. If we commit to daily prayer then the whole Trinity will come alive within us. That is the gift of the Spirit, the whole of the seed. And if we allow, it will grow into a plant. And that is when we start to act as a member of the Body of Christ. We become Christ to one another. We are kind to one another. We are forgiving to one another. We are generous to one another. And when we operate out from there, we have plugged into the source, the root of the plant. And that root is always, always love.
Love is the source of all things. Everything that is divine is based in and through love. When we love as St. John says, “When we love one another, we participate in God’s very self.” So today, as we come to celebrate the Eucharist, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we allow love as a seed in our hearts. We do not settle for it to just lie dormant; we fertilize our hearts with prayer. We break that open and allow it to grow by loving one another and draw into the source of the true Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.