Through Jesus’ life and death, we were given a conversion-path leading to a life as a child of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As life goes on, we grow from a purely self-centered human, to a social/spiritual human to an eternity-oriented being. We recognize these changes as we recall a baby screaming for its own needs to be satisfied to the elderly thinking more about eternal life. You can sense your growth as you see the Church providing for our needs as we mature into the Trinity’s life. The Church takes us along Jesus’ plan for our growth path: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders/Matrimony/ “Celibacy” and the Sacrament of the Sick, the road signs instituted by Christ to give grace. A Dominican priest, Father Philipon, made this progression clear. He taught, “Let there be no misgiving in the matter: Baptism establishes a real friendship between the three divine Persons and the newly baptized. Hence, for us Christians, the Trinity becomes our home, the father’s house that we must never leave. The whole spiritual life of the Christian is no more and no less than allowing Jesus to continue our conversion into a relationship with the real presence of the Trinity. Progress in the spiritual life will consist simply in becoming more and more instilled with this very real presence of the Trinity in the soul and our living as a child of God within the family of the Trinity.” That is why in the Gospel Jesus tells us, “I say to you, unless one is born of water [Baptized] and [the progressive and grace-filled life of the Sacraments and the] Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

In thanksgiving WE pray to the Lord, “Bless you, Jesus, for converting my life to yours, for making us all ONE IN YOU, OUR LOVING AND BELOVED CHRIST.”

By Deacon Bill Masapollo

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