Pastor’s Corner – May 27, 2018
This week, we returned to what is known as “Ordinary Time.” The primary liturgical color returns to green and the paschal candle will be moved back to the baptistry area to be used for baptisms and funerals. The term “ordinary” is not meant to diminish this time of year as if it is not important to our spiritual growth. Rather, it simply indicates that we are not in one of the special church seasons that has a particular emphasis on some aspect of the life of Christ, such as Advent and Christmas (The Incarnation), and Lent and Easter (The Paschal Mystery). During this time, we focus on learning about our faith and the things Jesus commanded us by learning what he taught in His public ministry and how He lived as an example to us.
However, we do have two special celebrations this weekend and next. Today, we celebrate Trinity Sunday, and we celebrate God revealing Himself in the life and teachings of Jesus as The Most Holy Trinity. This revelation allows us to better understand God the Father in the life of His Son Jesus, as well as the gift of Grace to imitate Jesus’ life by the power of the Holy Spirit. Next Sunday we will conclude our special feasts by celebrating Jesus being with us until the end of time in the Eucharist. This celebration is commonly known as Corpus Christi, or formally The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Please remember we will have a Eucharistic Procession in the church after the 10am Mass in celebration of the gift of the Eucharist, and Eucharistic adoration will continue after the procession until 4pm, at which time there will be Benediction. Please make plans to spend some time with Jesus on this very special day!!
After these celebrations, we will remain in Ordinary Time until the Church New Year, which is the 1st Sunday of Advent. As always, we should continue to learn about Jesus and our faith through Sacred Scripture and the sacramental liturgies, especially Mass and Confession. Our journey towards Christ should be constant and consistent, regardless of the time of year!
Memorial Day Weekend
This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a day when we take time to give thanks to those who have served in our armed forces and given their lives to ensure the freedom we enjoy in our country. As we are reminded every time armed conflict occurs in our world, in order to protect individual and societal freedoms, including the freedom to practice our faith, an armed force is necessary. We are thankful for the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces, and we pray for them and their families. We remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life for us. John’s Gospel tells us: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” We thank God for raising up these men and women who were and are willing to lay down their life so that others have the opportunity to live a life in freedom and full human dignity. We pray for the eternal rest of those who have died in service to our country and the consolation of their families. We pray that God will continue to bless our country, and that He bless and keep in his care our veterans and active service members and their families. May we always appreciate what they have done for us!