22 May 2016

This Week Letter – May 22, 2016

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit … I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit … Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit … through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Oftentimes we proclaim our faith in the Holy Trinity without even realizing it. Many theologians, such as St. Augustine, in his book “The Trinity,” try to explore ways through which the mystery of the Trinity could become more understandable. It is hard for us to understand how one God can exist as three persons.

We believe, because God Himself has revealed this truth. Furthermore, He did not reveal it right away. Actually, only through Jesus’ birth and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples do we, the people, have assurance that the Holy Trinity actually exists. Looking for the word “Trinity” in the Bible will be in vain, however. This word was invented by the people.

“The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the central mystery behind Christian faith and life.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that “Only God can reveal Himself as the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit .” We can, however, easily find places where the Bible talks about all three Divine Persons. For example: during the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an angel clearly says that God sent him to announce to her ​​that she will give birth to the Son of God, and this will happen through the Holy Spirit. During Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan the Holy Trinity is revealed as well: the Son of God stands on the shore, God the Father bears witness with His voice, and the Holy Spirit appears over Jesus in the form of a dove. Before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples: “Go therefore and preach to all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Also announcing Pentecost, Jesus spoke directly about the Three Divine Persons.

One theologian explained: “Three forms of God do not make three gods. Just like length, width and height do not form three bodies;  a spring, stream and river do not make three rivers; the force of the sun which warms, lights and moves does not make three suns;  a root, trunk and branches do not form three trees; and shape, color and odor do not form three different flowers.”

By the grace of baptism, three Divine Persons made ​​themselves a heavenly place in the human soul, to dwell therein forever, if man allows it. Open yourself up today to the influence and love of the Holy Trinity.

Congratulations to the eighth grade and high school students from the Polish School of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who celebrated their beautiful graduation ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

I encourage all families who participate in the life of our parish to respond to our  “To Teach Who Christ Is” appeal.  May our Lord Jesus Christ reward those who have already joined this campaign in prayer or through their contributions. God bless!