In honor of the Holy Trinity, this weekend is fittingly a trilogy of events. We have, of course the Feast of Holy Trinity on Sunday and Monday's feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. That same day is a national holiday, better known as Memorial Day. It is that time when we revisit memories of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, not to forget the Korean War and Gulf War; it is the time we give honor to those fallen soldiers who have died for our country. It is also time we visit memories of fallen martyrs for the Church and learn why they died for the faith. Are we ready to follow them into battle? Today, as our country marshals young men for the build up of ground troops in Kosovo because of the stubbornness and pride of men such as Slobodan Milosevic and Bill Clinton, we have a different war being fought. This century has seen its share of war, more so than ever before and now, on the brink of a new millennium, the great Armeggeddon could be building. There's only one thing we can do with confidence where we have control: Pray!
Yet these are strange times, when rather than trusting in the Almighty, we trust in technology and when we do that, we're prey for satan. We talk about how far weíve come in this modern age of high technology where computers are the norm and weíre lost without it. We forget that weíre really lost, not by getting trapped in a maze of search engines, but rather by getting trapped into thinking we are superior to all generations. Truth be told, we are inferior to those of earlier times who did not have the trappings that trap us today. Oh sure, Almighty God could easily have gifted Adam and Eve with a lap-top so when satan slithered into their lives they could have more easily recognized the lethal virus for what it truly was and prevent a fatal crash. But alas, they didnít and the rest, as they say, is history.
What about the patriarch Abraham? Do you think he needed a computer to know the intricacies of Godís Will? No, for his faith was fearless and his obedience even stronger. For this loyalty God made a promise to Abraham as recorded in Genesis 22:17: "I will indeed bless you, and will surely multiply your descendants as the stars of the Heavens, as the sands on the seashore. Your descendants shall possess the gates of their enemies. In your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed Me." What a promise the Lord made to His obedient servant and look how the people after Abraham, the Father of organized religion, if you will, responded to the Messiahís gift: sin of every kind, mass defections from the path God laid out for salvation. So, as all biblical scholars know, He meted out His Justice with the Egyptian captivity. But His Mercy won out and He freed His people through His servant Moses who did all he was asked to do and still doubted when he struck the rock twice instead of once. For that simple venial act of disobedience, he was banished from seeing the promised land. Be careful when clicking that mouse twice! If we think Moses punishment was severe, click to present time when millions of His children, including countless Catholics, feast on disobedience to Godís laws! Do we think God hasnít noticed? Recall the times of Sodom and Gomorrah and how the Almighty responded! Hasnít the Blessed Virgin Mary told countless visionaries and messengers that our times are worse than that era in Scripture when everything was turned into a pillar of salt?!?
From the earliest times of Genesis to our present day and age God has a special "home page" for each one of us and all we need to do is follow the instructions. Theyíre very simple: Prayer, Penance, Fasting, Faith, Reconciliation and Conversion of Heart. If we are obedient to Godís Will we will not "taste death" but have life everlasting. That was what motivated Abraham and that should be what motivates us. Maybe itís a good thing Moses didnít have a lap-top when he descended Mount Sion. It was bad enough smashing the tablets, could you imagine the mess with countless computer bits littering the base of the mount? Maybe itís a good thing Abraham and Moses didnít have these modern conveniences such as e-mail capabilities. After all they probably would have never accomplished their tasks with all the interruptions and "hate" mail!!! Can you imagine the home pages for the golden idols? In closing we thought we might add a bit of levity submitted by one of our readers that pinpoints Godís benevolence and how the Old Testament and New Testament blend into significance in our modern times and the pertinence of the Sacrificial Lamb in the Holy Eucharist. We all know the story of Abraham and his son Isaac but do we know why Isaac was 12 years old when God called Abraham to sacrifice his son? Because had he been a teenager it wouldnít have been a sacrifice!
On the same notebook, someone asked why Abraham decided to upgrade his PC with Windows 98 and Isaac was dumbfounded. He questioned his father, "Dad, your old PC doesnít have enough memory." To which Abraham reminded him, "My Son, God will provide the RAM." Are our God-given "PCís" equipped for all He wants to provide us? Or are our memories lacking faith so that we cannot upgrade our souls with the necessary megs of grace to truly accept the vital RAM needed to be on-line with the Lamb of God? Only by frequent and worthy reception of the Lamb, present in the bread and wine confected into the Body and Blood of Jesus, Soul and Divinity, during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the same sacrifice God outlined to Abraham, completed with His Own Son on Calvary, and recreated daily in Catholic churches throughout the world - can we truly compute the significance of God's Infinite Divine Mercy! He has provided us enough memory in the hard drive of our soul and, as Abraham reminded his son Isaac, we can thank God everyday for providing the RAM to help us run true to Him!