This Sunday we were once again presented with the mystery of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Godhead. All human knowledge and ingenuity are laid to rest in our attempt to understand the Triune God. One priest simply said in his homily that one man can be called uncle, cousin, father, brother, grandfather – depending upon his relationship to the relative before him. This was his human attempt to describe the mystery of the Holy Trinity. It was simplistic, to be sure, but perhaps the best way he could present the message of this feast day.
Now I believe that sobriety and those of us who have been given this gift, also deal with a great mystery. Why, for example, do some get sobriety and others do not? Is it because they harbor some unconscious reservation that maybe some day they will be able to drink alcohol again? Is it because they do not take the necessary steps to stay sober, practicing the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous in every situation of life? Is it because of some character defect or behavioral condition that makes them go back to alcohol? I submit that this is all very mysterious and puzzling to the human mind and heart.
What those of us have in recovery from alcoholism is indeed a precious gift. We should cherish it with every fiber of our being and glory in it today. We can try to figure it out, but that would be futile. Rather let us try to give it away today as a means of expressing our gratitude. We can do this by living fully and happily today and by helping others who come into our life today. Whatever they ask for or need from us pales in comparison with what has been given to us in sobriety.
Prayer: God, our Father, Jesus, our brother, and Holy Spirit, our comforter inspire me today to live my life happily and fully in service of my neighbor. In doing so, I desire to express my thankfulness for the life of sobriety You have given to me. All glory, honor and praise be Yours, Amen.