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' The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 entary -- er, son, spil it: Living with the Trinity commentary for May Trinity Sunday: 28:16.20 gospel of Jesus to apostles. unique appear- By comparing our recognize that such only in Jesus never gets appearances are all in em and so is In John everything Jerusalem and Jesus i By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST so Jesus appears and promises to stay around for a while. His appear- ance on a mountain recalls the glory of the transfiguration before and after which Jesus had spoken of the necessity of undergoing his suffer- ing and death before his resurrec- tion to glory and assumption of supreme power. All had now been accomplished. Therefore Jesus says: "A J) power in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Because of his assuming total authority, Jesus now commissions them to exercise that authority, "Go therefore .... "They are to make from time to time after his tri- ,n, ascension, return, and Spirit, all on the same day in decides to extend the Gospel of actually appearing in promised in Mark and never did. to his disciples in his return as triumphant ruler It didn't happen, so Matthew por- .as appearing in triumph over death and remain with his disciples always, "to - age," whenever that might be. dramatic differences in our gospels, of our gospels choose interpret Jesus' it is Matthew. What is his inter- of Jesus? First, the end Mark had incorrectly assumed, disciples of ALL nations, a startling commission for a Jew to give to fellow Jews, even more so from Matthew's point of view that Christians were to observe the whole Torah or Law of Moses with it's frequently negative view of nations other than the Israelites/Jews. But Matthew's Jesus, the ultimate interpreter of the Torah in the Sermon on the Mount, gave a particular slant or so in to the Torah, which Jesus came "not to abolish but to fulfill," and every bit of it had to be observed down to the small- est "iota or dot," Matthew 5:17-18. It is the interpre- tation of the Torah as it is found in Matthew's gospel that is meant when Jesus says to the disciples, "Teaching them to observe ALL that I have com- manded you." Along with teaching adherents of Matthew's type of Judaism, much of which evolved into later Christianity, there was to be an initiation,".., bap- tizing them, etc." Baptism, an external washing sym- bolizing the cleansing that comes from internal repentance or change of direction, was to be the initi- ation. Although other Jewish groups of the time may have practiced various kinds of baptisms, Christian baptism is a direct descendant of the baptis 1 required by and administered by John the Baptist and his disciples, but with a difference. John said, "I baptize you with water .... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." Luke will portray the fire in his Pentecost scene. Matthew never develops the "fire" of John the Baptist's promise. Baptism is to be not in the name of Jesus, as it seems to have been in some primitive Christian com- munities, but in the name of Father, Son, and Spirit. Both St. Paul and the Gospels speak of God as Father, Jesus as his Son, and the Spirit of God under various names, but this is the first time all three are brought together in this form in the New Testament. Matthew never develops the meaning of baptism into or in the name of the Trinity. That is left to later the- ology, which speaks of intimate union of the baptized -ith God as Father, Son, and Spirit. The letters of Paul and the Gospel of John played a large role in this development. Perhaps the words of Paul in II Corinthians 13:14 begin to express the privilege of those baptized in the name of the Trinity: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." Inti- mate union with God in love, the self-giving implied in grace, and joy implied in fellowship! b Readings: Deuteronomy 4:32.34,39.40; Romans 8:14-17. ;afety o. Inc. s Sales and Service SERVICING ALL AREA HOS & FUNERAL 424-8931 . Evamwille i Golden Jubilarians Bernard and Malinda (Goedde) Anslinger of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. May 31 at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. Areception and dinner will follow at the Knights of St. John in St. Wendel. The couple was married May 27, 1947, at St. Wendel. They are the parents of eight children: Betty Herr of Chandler, Jerome Anslinger of Wadesville, Rita Schnur of Newburgh, Eugene Anslinger of Evansville, Con- nie Taylor of Wadesville, and Diane Stone, Marcia Jochem and Ruth Richmond, all of Evansville. They have 16 grand- children. Mr. Anslinger is retired from the U.S. Postal Ser-" vice. Mrs. Anslinger is a homemaker. Golden Jubilarians Sylvester and Marie (Daunhauer) Boeglin of Hnntingburg will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. May 25 at St. Mary Church, Hunt- ingburg. A dinner for the immedidate family and invited guests will be followed by an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Reflections in Huntingburg. The couple requests no gifts. They were married May 27, 1947, at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. TheY are the parents of six children: Kenneth Boeglin, St. Henry; Mary Pund, Jasper; Leroy Boeglin, Mariah Hill; Randy Boeglin, Huntingburg; Gera. lyn Jochem, St. Henry, and Donna Farley, Huntingburg. They have 23 grandchildren; one granddaughter is deceased. i Main Street Pharmacy 217 E Main  Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 --,-=i=j=&=.=mwee=mmmu .... Fresh Flowers. Silk Arrangements Gift Items 207 N.E 5th Street Washington, Indiana 47501 (812) 254-7200 I ..]1  ,J . U J ,[ ]L. I!ll I I