What does our reading have to do with the mural behind the altar? Our second reading speaks of grieving the Holy Spirit, but how do we do that. The left of our mural depicts Abraham as he prepares to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. To the right of our mural, and balancing Abraham is St. Paul, also with a knife. Above these, sit King David and Melchizadek representing music and harmony, along with the precious body and blood. Charles Borromeo with Sanctus Pascal Baylon the patron of the Children’s Eucharist counterbalance order and harmony with education of child and priest.
Two themes highlight our readings today, and two themes highlight what we see in our mural. The first is what grieves the Holy Spirit. This is the rule of hatred and violence, the rule of bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling and malice. St. Paul counterbalances this with harmony, the music of King David, being kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. This applies to Catholics who hate Muslims or atheists. This includes conservatives who hate liberals, and liberals who hate conservatives. It includes churchgoers who hate non-church goers and the like. Melchizadek is Hebrew for Charitable King, or charitable messenger. We become the charitable messenger when we speak in terms of harmony, melody, rhythm, compassion, forgiving one another and the like.
How do we accomplish this task? The second major theme in our readings and in our mural is the Eucharist. It is by partaking in the Eucharist that we receive Christ. We die with him to all anger and bitterness. We rise with him into harmony, melody, rhythm, compassion, seeing the other person’s point of view, even if we choose to disagree with that view. It is through partaking of Christ in the Eucharist that we receive the Holy Spirit, and with her the only tool we need to each heal and transform the world, Takuun Olam, harmony and treating all people as we would Christ.