Holy Trinity: Like Mother Like Son

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Picture taken down the mountain from a couple of Communion Calls the other week.

Thirty one years ago when I was a deacon, the ultra-liberal pastor of the parish said that I was up for preaching at all the Masses that weekend, and asked me what I was going to preach about. I said, “The Trinity” since it was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. “Therefore,” he insisted. “Well, it’s like this,” said I:

  • One God
  • Two Processions
  • Three Persons
  • Four Relations
  • Five Notions…. etc.

He expressed his disgust with my all too academic approach. I quickly agreed with him, saying that that was a ploy to give an “explanation”[!] that would then hit home all the more. “What’s that?” he asked. “Mary!” I exclaimed. “What?!” he asked with anger. Of course, I was baiting him.

“Since it’s the Marian Year declared by Pope John Paul, I’ll say that Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Daughter of the Father and the Mother of the Son.” At this point the Parochial Vicar joined in the conversation. The Pastor then scoffed and said that I was forbidden for the entire Marian Year to mention Jesus’ good mom, saying that it would be better for me to speak about social justice issues. I rebelled, of course, objecting that Mary was the absolute leader of the anawim. At this point the Parochial Vicar laughed out loud and exclaimed to the ultra-liberal Pastor that I had him, though he simply looked dumbfounded. The Parochial Vicar then explained that the anawim were the poor and lowly ones in the Hebrew Scriptures. He laughed again, saving me. I did preach exactly in the way I said I would and did preach also about Jesus’ good mom throughout the rest of the Marian Year.

It’s good to fight for what you believe in regardless of the cost. This one cost me big time. Even the bishop of the time exclaimed to me that he couldn’t believe that I had persevered in my vocation. But, of course, I learn from Jesus’ good mom (and therefore also my mom, right?). She’s the ultimate fighter, from Genesis 3:15, throughout Jesus’ life on this earth, and until today. Like mother, like Son and… and… like mother, like son. And that’s true for all of us, right? Yes. That’s right. Jesus and His good mom are good and kind.

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4 responses to “Holy Trinity: Like Mother Like Son

  1. nancyv

    Whoa! I’ve never seen a black duck before.
    I guess your pastor from 30 years ago also scoffed at Mary as Co-Redemptrix. (I remember my dad suffering for holding this dear to his heart)
    Blessed Solemnity of the Holy Trinity to you and your flock.

  2. Randy Garcia

    Father George, it was an absolute pleasure meeting you yesterday. As we said to you yesterday, we can listen to you preach all day. The Holy Spirit is in you and it touches us! We believe you have a mission in this trouble world we live in. We will be praying for you.

    Angel and Randy
    Murphy, NC

  3. Monica Harris

    “ “Therefore,” he insisted. ” 🙂

    Last weekend I had the tiniest glimpse of the Trinity, while contemplating Blessed Virgin Mary. So your Trinity homily in 1987 must have been close to perfect, and welcomed by some thirsty ones despite the Cost.

    Thank you Mary, for helping many of your soldier sons persevere in the priesthood— Pope St John Paul II was so wise to proclaim a Marian year at that time.

    Maybe we need another Marian year? Soon.

  4. elizdelphi

    At my parish it was the second homily of a new deacon. Unfortunately he told us the Trinity is like St Peter’s Basilica and the Bernini Colonnades, God the Father is like St Peter’s, and the Son and Holy Spirit are like His two arms (the colonnades) that hug you. The thing is he has such a confident manner that he probably got lots of praise from various people. My thoughts about it were exactly that there should have been more of what you said in the above post, the basic catechesis that most people don’t know well enough to be able to see or explain why St Peter’s and the Bernini Colonnades is not an apt analogy. But someone who’s been to seminary should.

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