The 50 days of Easter concluded last Sunday, Pentecost Sunday. We are now in Ordinary time, the seventh week, and will stay in the color green until late November when Advent begins and the liturgical year starts all over again.
Although we are in Ordinary time, the next two Sundays are Solemnities; The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Both days highlight important parts of our Catholic Faith.
The feast of the Trinity reminds us that our God is a community of love, three persons equal and undivided, in One God. It cannot be explained in any way that does not put your mind in knots. Nonetheless, many of us have a sense of the “job” of each person in the Trinity. Remember that while theologians assign roles to each person in the Trinity – what one does, all do.
We say that the job of the Father is to create, but Jesus and the Spirit do so as well. We give Jesus the job of being Savior, but the Father and Spirit save us as well. We give the Spirit the task of being the advocate or teacher, but Jesus and the Father teach us as well.
What is important here is to recognize that the Triune God comes to us in many ways and in many of our most important experiences. When you experience awe at something in creation, like the dogwoods over the back awning, it is the Lord who stirs up that awe within you. When you feel called to do something about an injustice, it is the Lord who leads you to act.
When you look for meaning and purpose in life, it is the Lord at work. Then next Sunday we give thanks for the great gift of being able to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. At Each Mass we remember and make present the Body of Jesus that was broken and the blood of Jesus that was poured out, so that we who receive them might become more of that which we receive.
We who are the Church have been entrusted with such riches, let us rejoice and be glad!