The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As the Catechism reminds us, “the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself.” (#234) Everything we do is Trinitarian – we pray to God the Father, with God the Son Our Lord Jesus Christ, in God the Holy Spirit. Indeed, that is what we do at all of our liturgies. Let us recall the date of our Baptism, the grace of Baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, we are called to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, here on earth in the obscurity of faith, and after death in eternal light (CCC #265).
Everything we do is Trinitarian. I had three coffees before writing this today. It is the number of times I win in chess against Deacon Steven (*slight exaggeration* – although we are now thinking of a Parish Online Tournament, possibly an Archdiocese-wide Tournament. please signup to lichess.org, and let me know when you are ready). It is the number of periods in the greatest game on earth, hockey – although hockey is no-more for me, since my team lost in the First Round. However, a friendly reminder, that The Penguins have won three Stanley Cups since Crosby, 33, Malkin, 34, and Letang, 34, joined the team, most recently in 2017. Finally, it is number of times Our Lord falls on the Way of the Cross. It is the number of times St. Peter denied Our Lord. It is also the number of times Our Lord invites Peter to love, and follow Him. We are made for communion with the Most Holy Trinity, we are made for a relationship with all Three Persons of the one God.
Our website also has this Trinitarian theme – everywhere, on each page, we speak of Know, Grow, and Lead. We search to Know God. We Grow in our relationship with Him. And as the Gospel this weekend reminds us, we Lead others to know and love Him as well.
Our leaders in our parishes are continuing this conversation. As you may know the main three priorities for the Summer months are the 1) Pastoral Calendar, beginning to be proactive in our time and project management. 2) Our New Parish Office and Welcome Centre, partnership with Shalom House. and finally, 3) Sacramental Preparation, and reorganizing all Ministries in the lens of evangelization. Again, as the Gospel reminds us, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
We are beginning the process this Summer of reorganizing these Ministries – Baptism Formation, First Communion and Confirmation, always in the lens of the mission! We are searching to proclaim the Gospel in a clear and simple way, inviting our families and parishioners to respond. Once restrictions continue to lift, I will speak more of this Trinitarian reality as we are all called to be missionary-disciples. That is, first we are invited to BELONG (1) to our community. Then, the formation and teaching begins and emphasis is on BEHAVING (2). Finally, we BELIEVE (3), and everything changes! These three realities will help shape the way we reorganize our different ministries, always through the lens of evangelization, of the mission. Have a great week. Peace.