June 7, 2020
Today we gather to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. As we enter the season of Ordinary Time we begin by celebrating two great truths of our faith; today the Most Holy Trinity, and next Sunday, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament book of Exodus. Much of this book is answering the question, “Who is the Lord?” God has delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, provided for them in wilderness, and established a covenant with them. God is shown to be faithful, powerful, and wise. In today’s reading, just after the fickle Israelites turn to worshipping a golden calf, God re-establishes His covenant with Israel. We learn that yes, God can be angered by human infidelity, but His mercy, grace, kindness, and fidelity far outshine that anger. This is who the Lord is. In today’s Gospel Jesus says the powerful words every Christian ought to know by heart. St. John records Jesus revealing the purpose Jesus came into the world, why He became flesh and dwelt amongst us; Love. God loved us, and sent His Son to save us. It is up to us to believe this. It does sound too good to be true, but folks IT IS TRUE! Believe it! God loves you and me even in our infidelity and fickleness. He loves because He is love. When we begin to understand this, not in our minds, but in our hearts, all things change. Although the mystery of God we celebrate today of a Holy Trinity may never be understood intellectually, isn’t it more important to know it in our hearts and souls and therefore pray, “Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. AMEN!”
As we enter June, we enter a month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This image is a favorite of many Catholics as we celebrate the love Jesus has for us. At home I remember our parish calendar each year had one picture, the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the saying that wherever the image of my Sacred Heart is acknowledged and loved I will bring great blessings. During June we could remember those beautiful prayers we were taught as youngsters, “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.” And “O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.” Perhaps as we still slowly re-enter a more normal time of life, we might have the time to google Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and re-read the beautiful story of Jesus’ apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque.
Next week there will be NO 8:00am mass on Wednesday, (in addition to no Mass on Monday) as we strip and wax the Sanctuary floor and repaint the sacristy. The ongoing maintenance of our beautiful Church is simply good stewardship and a task I take seriously. St. Luke’s Church is one of outstanding beauty and our inheritance from past generations.
Finally, today as we enter Ordinary Time and the summer months, I liken this time as our annual opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus as we hear Him teach the apostles in our weekly Gospels. Jesus has entrusted us with a mission that can only be accomplished as we stay close to Him and imitate Him. As we take this course, Discipleship 101, may we learn how Jesus is calling each of us to deeper friendship with Him, and with one another.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)