June 11, 2017

Friends, 

I remember that whenever I was told years ago about the Easter season, it was said that it began on Ash Wednesday and ended on Trinity Sunday. I think we were also told that one of the 6 Laws of the Church was that we had to receive Communion at least once a year during the Easter season. 

In my own personal life, I don't like a lot of rules, so I am not even sure if what I just stated is correct, or if it is still in print anywhere. 

Obviously, rules like this are meant for people who need to be told what to do and may only be interested in doing the minimum to fulfill the requirements of the law. I don't believe that was my motivation then, and I guarantee you it is not my motivation now. 

So Trinity Sunday, June 11th, for me does a lot more than bring the Easter season to an end. Today we celebrate the presence of God in our world in 3 ways. God the creator who has called each of us to life in this wonderful world, and challenges us to take responsibility for all that God has created. I believe the Catholic Church has evolved in our understanding of what that challenge entails and so we as an institution and as disciples of Christ, are called to protect every human life and God's presence in all creation. We learn to be stewards of creation as we read the Gospels and recognize that Jesus, the second person in the Trinity, is the Son of God and leads by example. As believers in the Trinity we know that Jesus came into the world to reveal God's unconditional love for all. Many of the understandings the world had about God were challenged by the life of Jesus. His lifestyle forced many believers to rethink their concept of God and what God "expected" and "demanded" from humanity. 

The gospel stories are so important to those who claim to follow in the footsteps of Christ. For those in the Catholic Church, we believe celebrating the sacraments enables us to better understand and imitate the life of Jesus. But, Jesus knew that his death would be devastating to followers. So, prior to the resurrection he promised to make us more aware of God's presence in the world. He was alluding to the Holy Spirit which is the third person of the Trinity. The Spirit has always been in the world since creation, but God enabled us to recognize and celebrate the presence of that Spirit. I believe that goodness in society is a reminder of the presence of God's Spirit. Some may claim that our conscience is the sign of the Holy Spirit's presence in humanity. 

Getting back to my childhood, we were always taught that the Trinity was a "mystery" and we just had to believe it. That doesn't mean we cannot have an intelligent conversation about it. 

Enjoy Life! 
Fr. Ron Coyne

 

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