In the seminary I had a course called, “Trinity Grace and Creation.” It was taught by Fr. Charlie Meyer, who was a genius of a theologian. It was one of those courses where everything seemed to be way over your head, and many concepts and ideas were abstract and hard to grasp.
When we came to the section on the Trinity, Fr. Meyer said, “Guys … in the end…it’s really one big mystery that will never be fully explained or understood.” That was the good news. The bad news was that we still had to take the final exam.
On this Trinity Sunday, I would like to share a reflection about the Trinity from the magazine The Word Among US (May, 2015). It offers a simple to approach in helping us to understand what we are celebrating today.
“Many images have been used to describe the Holy Trinity, and the Church’s definition of the Trinity as three divine persons in one God. Simple images like water, ice and steam; or three keys on a piano played together as a chord; or a three-leaf clover help us to grasp the individuality and unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
On this the feast of the Holy Trinity we are reminded that the Father is always reaching out to us. His love is there for us whether we are apart from him, like the prodigal son, or whether we are there with him, like the son’s older brother.
Jesus showed the extent of his love by the way he gave his life for us at Calvary and by the way he constantly gives himself to us in the Eucharist.
The Holy Spirit shows us his love by the way he teaches us and comforts us and guides us toward heaven. He is constantly filling us with God’s power to live holy lives.
Spend some time today praying about the Trinity. Ask the Father to fill you with his creative, parental love. Ask Jesus to fill you with the love poured out on his cross. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love of a Comforter and Advocate.
As you pray, look into your heart. See if you are being filled with Trinitarian love. See if you are getting a glimpse of the glory and humility and grace of the Trinity. See if you can sense a release of this grace as it draws you closer to God. Our God promised to be with us always. May we all come to know this truth more deeply.”
One Of Many More
Congratulations to the Class of 2015 from Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish School that will graduate on Wednesday evening. These fine young men and women have been blessed to receive an excellent Catholic education.
We thank their parents and teachers who have guided them along the way. Not only have they grown in wisdom and knowledge, but they have tended to their relationship with Christ Jesus through prayer and service every year. When you think about it, there are really no diplomas for discipleship; just our words and actions that convey our deep love and commitment to the Lord.
We wish our graduates well as they move onto the new adventures of high school. They have been well prepared, and many great things are still to come for them. May their Catholic education always be a solid foundation as they face the challenges before them with faith, hope and love.
Thank you to all who have made a donation to our Parish Visibility Project. As you can see from the graph (left), we are moving toward our goal of $ 11,500. Donations can be
made on-line or placed in the Sunday collection in an earmarked envelope. The signs will certainly make a huge difference. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Our parish Food Pantry is in need of donations of clothes. Donations can be dropped off at St. Joseph on Monday and Wednesday from 9am-2pm and at Immaculate Conception on Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm. Anything you can offer will be a blessing and a gift for those in need.