Every priest I know breathes a sigh of relief as we celebrate this first Sunday after the Solemnity of Pentecost. Some have even joked that this is the Sunday on which “ecclesiastical summer” begins! There is, indeed, something refreshing to the mind and spirit that still looks forward to the coming of summer. While some ministries may take a breather, our life in the Church continues. As Ordinary Time begins, we begin an extended reflection upon the Gospel of Saint Luke that will take us until the end of this Liturgical Year.
This particular Sunday, the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, was previously celebrated as the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year. While this is a very difficult Sunday to preach, the text from the Book of Proverbs (8:22-31) using the “voice of wisdom” which was conceived before the creation of earth, looks upon creation with love and speaks of God’s craftsmanship in which he takes delight! Indeed, all creation came to be through the wisdom and love of the ONE GOD who is the creator of all:
O God, your name is veiled in mystery, yet we dare to call you Father; your Son was begotten before all ages, yet is born among us in time; your Holy Spirit fills all creation, yet is poured forth now into our hearts. Because you have made us and loved us and call us by name, draw us more deeply into your divine life, that we may glorify you rightly, through your Son, and in the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever!
The Parish Council meets on Monday to try and (hopefully) bring the work of our 5 and 10 Year Plans to a conclusion before we present them to the parish. While this exercise has taken longer than I anticipated, it has been a very fruitful and exciting discussion among the Parish Staff and the Council Members!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!