Congratulations to our eighth-grade students who will graduate this Thursday. We accompany you in prayer as you move to a new phase of your life. Thank you for being such good role models for the younger students. We are proud of you.
This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It is a mystery; we cannot understand it. But I believe we can learn from it. It is an appropriate feast to follow Pentecost.
If you remember, last week I commented on the reality, presented in our reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, that the Spirit has given each of us different gifts that we need to use in service to others.
One way of looking at the Trinity reinforces this:
God the Father: this is the aspect of God that created the world, that brought us into being and sustains us.
God the Son: this is the redeeming aspect of God, Jesus, our Brother, Who came among us to show us by example how to live in this world, Who suffered and died for our redemption.
God the Holy Spirit: this is the sanctifying aspect of God, the God who leads us in life and urges us to move out of ourselves in service to others, the God who helps us to be holy in everyday life.
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, one God with three different gifts or functions: creating, redeeming, and leading. But, they work in unity for the good of all. That is what we are called to do: work together, using and respecting each other’s gifts, so that others can see the love of God in us and be attracted to our joy and peace.
My prayer for our community, as we celebrate this feast of the triune God, is that we can work together, using our diverse gifts for the building up of God’s Kingdom. Let us remember and pray for that each time we cross ourselves saying, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Church sign of the week: The Lord moves in mysterious ways, but you don’t have to. Please use your turn signal.