Before some of the revisions to the Roman Calendar in the early 1970’s, the Sundays which we now call “Ordinary Time” were numbered as “Sundays after Pentecost.” Such a designation was truly interesting since it kept the name and event of Pentecost ever before the eyes of the Church. While it might be easy to simply state that Pentecost was simply one great day in the life of the Church, it is of incredible importance to remember that the Church has life only through the breath of the Holy Spirit. There are even some liturgists in the Church who suggest that each Sunday in Ordinary Time should begin with a hymn to the Holy Spirit!
And so, on this “octave day” of Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity, we celebrate the full revelation of God’s tri-fold personhood and his mighty works. We pause before all becomes truly “ordinary” to ponder the majesty of God who has created, saved, and sanctified us! This is underscored in our Scriptures this day with Proverb’s account of creation (8:22-31), Saint Paul’s reflection on the Trinity (Romans 5:1-5) and the unifying role of the Holy Spirit to bring about all truth (John 16:12-15). It is the Holy Spirit which enables us to grasp the fullness of the mystery of who God is, for it is only through God can we understand the mystery of our own humanity!
Lord God, your name is veiled in mystery, yet we dare to call you Father; your Son was begotten before all ages, yet he is born among us in time; your Holy Spirit fills the whole creation yet is poured out now into our hearts. Because you have made us and loved us and called us by name, draw us more deeply into your divine life, that we may glorify you rightly, through your Son, in the unity f the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.
May the week ahead be filled with grace and countless grace blessings!