CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

Pastor's Corner

 

Welcome to the Church of the Nativity family. Since its dedication on October 21, 1989,  our community has faithfully committed to our mission: We are a praying, learning and caring community fulfilling the mission God gives us in baptism by our worship in faith, by our witness in hope, and by our service in love. We invite you to journey with our community in Christ, thus will be said, “Day by Day the Lord added to their number” (Acts 2:47). Our Nativity School is led by faith-filled, loving professional staff who provide not only excellence in academics for our children so that they may excel in life, but help cultivate and form our children to come to know, love and serve God through the gifts God has blessed each of them. We are a Dynamic Parish and look forward to walking with you and your family to pray, worship, and give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. In joy and in sorrow, we will live out together the witness of faith, hope and charity. At the Church of the Nativity, there will always be room “in the inn” (Luke 2,7).


Father's Message for Trinity Sunday

“God so loved the world that He gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish
but might have eternal life.” John 3,16

My dear brothers and sisters, this Sunday is Holy Trinity Sunday, and according to the catechism of the Catholic Church this is “the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them… The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals Himself to us "and reconciles and unites with Himself those who turn away from sin".” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234).

 Jesus has revealed the Father to help show us God’s love and to reveal our relationship with Him. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds the disciples, as well as us, that God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son so that all who believe in Him might have eternal life. And to help us remain faithful to this relationship, Jesus has promised that He will send us an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who is always at work in our lives to show us how to remain faithful as children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ. God the Father cares for us in the way loving parents care for their children, providing food, shelter, and especially love. In the first reading from Exodus, the Lord reveals Himself to Moses directly as “a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity" (Exodus 34,6).

 The mystery of the Trinity is not something so complex that we cannot comprehend, because through Jesus Christ we have been given a glimpse into God’s inner life, a circle of love without beginning or end which is eternal. Although we have also been given a glimpse into the Most Holy Union of the Trinity, the depth of the mystery of this love is beyond all telling. The Father gave His only begotten Son and He gives to him all He has, and the Son is the perfect image of that because He, too gave all He had to the Father by giving Himself up for us on the cross so that we may be redeemed from sin and death. We all relate to the different persons of the Trinity at different times in our lives. Like a child whose sense of wonder for all of creation, the sun, the moon, the stars, the animals, trees and flowers and the Universe, it is here that we relate deeply to the Father who sustains creation. On the other hand, when we seek Jesus for comfort in our sufferings or when we ask for forgiveness and find forgiveness in our hearts, then our closeness is related to the Son, and when we find courage to overcome challenges in our lives, zeal to start anew, or recognize God’s providence in our lives, we are then empowered by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit that appeared in the form of a dove at Jesus’ baptism, that appeared as fire on the disciples and Mary last week at Pentecost, and which came as a breeze to Elijah also comes to us.

As we pray to the different Persons of the Trinity in our lives, it does not mean that the other persons of the Trinity are left out, for they are One God. We may think that by praying to the Father or the Son, or the Holy Spirit, we are simply praying from the spiritual disposition of own narrative. It is One God who loves us and has given us the intellect to come to know Him through faith, and a heart and soul to live out this union in love after the heart of Jesus Christ, and every breath to speak of God’s love. Let us effect this union of God’s love in our relationship with one another so that all we do may always give glory to God. To do that, we are reminded in the second reading today in which Saint Paul stresses to the Corinthians, as well as to us today, the importance of living in peace. Peace is the harmony which exists in the Holy Trinity, and so we do well to follow so that we may have life in them and they in us.

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end Amen!

Fr. Minh Do