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trinityDear Family,
Today is Trinity Sunday. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (#261)

The Catechism also says in #260, “The ultimate end of the whole divine economy is the entry of God’s creatures into the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity.”  (I understand ‘economy’ to mean God’s purpose. It’s God’s purpose that we become one with him. Wow!)

Then, the catechism quotes from John 17:21-23, the prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper for his disciples: “I pray... that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.” Permit me a double ‘Wow!”

I’ve just spent 90 minutes reflecting on the catechism and writing this much of the Twitch. I want to just quit, because just even poking around the edges of what these few paragraphs are talking about just takes your breath away and leaves you speechless. At least it does me.

We’ve just gone through the whole Lent/Easter season. As I said that week, we enter “ordinary” time, whatever that means. It hardly seems ordinary. And the liturgy, as if to make the point, adds on to the Easter pageant, two more celebrations, postscripts. It’s like the church wants to make sure we really are getting it, as far as we can, anyway.

Get what? God wants us. He wants us for eternity and before we go there, he wants us to let each other know - and the whole world know, that he wants them, too.

If the incredible mystery of one God, three persons, seems too unfathomable, he will remind us next Sunday that Jesus, God, leaves himself for food. That’s what will help us. Jesus shows us on the human scale, the divine mystery of an intimacy with God that transcends earthly relationships. Still, God’s fatherhood, his motherhood, are all signs of an intimacy that surpasses any understanding of gender, and simply says I choose to be yours and I want you to be with me for eternity.

How about a triple Wow! I hope this makes some sense. I’m going to leave it to the Spirit to enlighten us all.

Shifting gears...

Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, and before I forget it, I wanted to mention that we shall have our procession with the Blessed Sacrament immediately after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on next Saturday, June 22. It’s a very nice blessing of the “four corners of our community,” and I hope you might consider changing your normal pattern to make this celebration if you’re not a regular “5:00 p.m.’er.”

Not only do we praise God the Father, but also all our own fathers who God made imitators of his own creative acts.

In Him,
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