Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. We believe there are three persons in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, an incredible challenging mystery. It is a mystery of relationship that challenges us in living our relationships in communion with one another rather than in competition with one another. The Opening Prayer of the Liturgy sums up this mystery:
God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of Sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant… that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty….”
Fr. Lawrence Mick tells us that “the reason we know that God is both one and three is that God revealed the divine nature to us, and that revelation came in the process of our redemption. It is the activity of the Trinity in our history that has revealed the nature of God to us. God did not reveal this in order to mystify us but to invite us into sharing the life of the Trinity.”
We celebrate the indwelling presence of God described in the book of Deuteronomy that God is not distant and removed from humanity, but ever so much part of our lives. We can respond to God by observing the commandments, offering God worship and praise, confident in God’s presence. Let us be aware of the God of all life who loves us beyond measure, beyond our imagining.
So, therefore, like the first disciples God calls us to go out to all the nations teaching others by the actions of our lives and our example of what it means to believe in the triune God. The God who chooses to commune with us and in turn we commune with God and one another in and through the gift of Eucharist.
The prayer after communion states this thought well: “Lord our God, may receiving this Sacrament, bring us health of body and soul, as we confess your eternal holy Trinity and undivided Unity.”
With health of mind and body, we can enter into these summer days and enjoy them, celebrate life, and give thanks to the God who made us in God’s image and likeness. In addition, we remember all those who have served our country, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our veterans, and those who serve our country now on this Memorial Day weekend. Let us take time to remember the fallen. May they rest in peace.
Blessings, Father Larry Hendel, Pastor