This past week we returned to the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time. Two solemnities fall within these weeks of Ordinary Time. One we celebrate this Sunday, and the other, next Sunday. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity which is always celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost. Its celebration dates back to the seventh century; it has been on the Universal Church Calendar for 700 years. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#243) states: “The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them.” We believe in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We profess this faith at every Eucharist and every sacrament we celebrate. When we pray individually or in community, we begin with the Sign of the Cross. We profess our belief in this mystery of the Trinity in the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. It is integral to the Presidential Prayers at Mass: the priest addresses prayer to God the Father, and concludes through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. The Doxology leading into the Great Amen at the end of the Eucharist Prayer (which is addressed to the Father) is another example of how the Trinity is incorporated into the Eucharist: Through him, and with him, and in him, O God Almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. Blessings are imparted by invoking the Triune God: May almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All Liturgy expresses our belief in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Each sacrament and celebration of Liturgy is rooted in the theology of the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Paschal Mystery. This week, let us continue to reflect upon the prayers of the Mass, and become more aware of the many ways in which the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present in the Eucharist.
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Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers! Today we honor our fathers, grandfathers, God-fathers, step-fathers, foster fathers, spiritual fathers, and adopted fathers. We also remember our fathers who have gone before us in faith. Thank you, God, for the gift of our Fathers in our lives!
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ