The Most Holy Trinity
As Easter has now ended with the celebration last week of Pentecost, the Church returns to Ordinary Time. You may have noticed the changes in the environment at St. Francis Xavier; the absence of the Easter flowers and décor, the removal of the draping that depicted the Resurrection, and the Easter Candle which has been returned to its place in the baptistery.
Now, in Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates on three consecutive Sundays three important themes: Pentecost, The Most Holy Trinity and The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. In each of these celebrations we experience the love of God through the Blessed Trinity:
In Pentecost ~ The Holy Spirit
In the Most Holy Trinity ~ Our Triune God
In the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ~ The Eucharist
These beautiful celebrations remind us of the gift of God present in our lives. The gift is ours through our baptism in Jesus Christ and like any other gift it can be accepted or rejected. Just as we open our hands to receive gifts on many occasions in our lives, we must choose to open our hearts to receiving the gift of The Most Holy Trinity.
Each and every time we make the Sign of the Cross, we acknowledge the Trinity; Three persons in one God. The relationship of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a model for us as to how we are to live in love with one another. The Father, our Creator, does not exist to outdo the Son; Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, does not exist to outshine the Holy Spirit. Rather each person of the Trinity exists in full knowledge of and perfect union with the others. We might do well to keep the model of the Trinity in mind as we live with our spouse, our children, our parents, our friends, our co-workers. There need be no competition between us, only love and respect for one another.
Thank you Most Holy Trinity for your example and for the gift of your presence in our lives.
Peace be with you,