From Our Pastor: The Most Holy Trinity
This weekend is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. One God, Three Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This communal life of God is witnessed in the readings this weekend. Wisdom in Proverbs is speaking about how she never changes and always is. Big T, Truth, is eternal and never changing. We see the world around us wrapped in relativism of you believe whatever you want, and I will believe whatever I want. You have your truth and I have my truth. Constantly throughout history people have been seeking truth. The philosophers have been posing this question for ages. Pilate even asks Jesus, “What is truth?” Wisdom and Truth are eternal and of God. Come to know the will and mind of God and the truth is evident and revealed to us in His Church and Scripture. The Lord in His trinitarian life is communal. He calls us into that the unity in Him. In that understand we are meant not ever to be alone in this life of faith. The question, Is Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior, isn’t a bad one, but it isn’t the end of the question. It must be that one’s relationship with Jesus Christ calls you into community with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and with His Church in which they are united fully. God calls us in faith to be part of a community, the Church. We should strive always to remain in union with the Church and allow the Lord’s will to become more and more our own to have a greater and greater understanding of Truth...and of Him. This Trinity Sunday, be enveloped in the Trinity. This Trinity Sunday, see the communal nature of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and be wrapped in the grace of God in His Church.
This past week I had COVID for a second time, which is why you saw me at none of the Masses this weekend. I missed you all this weekend. Strangely enough, I was quite sick this second time through. I did not therefore get to attend the retreat and instead stayed home to quarantine. Please know of my gratitude for many who found out and took care of me this week bringing me food and medicines. I am quite sure Bella was very tired of seeing just me after this round of quarantine.
Next week is Corpus Christi Sunday where we commemorate the gift of the Most Holy Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. At the end of the 11 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 19, we will have a Eucharistic Procession out into the community. As we look forward to this Eucharistic Revival we are doing nationally and locally in the Diocese of Springfield in IL., we will kick this revival off with this procession. PLEASE, even if you are not an 11 a.m. Mass goer or normally come to a Eucharistic procession, join us in witnessing the blessing of the Eucharist in our lives. Come to any of the Masses, but around Noon come join us in the procession and march along with us, or join us for the 11 a.m. Mass and continue with us directly into the procession. If you are not able bodied for the walk, I encourage you to stay in the church and pray for those who do not believe to have a conversion to the real presence, until we return and then you can receive the final benediction there in church.
Thank you for all those who made the Parish Picnic a great success this year! It is a TON of work done by a great team of people. I cannot thank each of them enough for their time and effort! It is such a fun event, brings our whole Quincy community together, and raises much needed money for our school. I always have so much fun at this event! This was such a wonderful event that brought so many together for such a great cause! I hope everyone has as much fun as your priests do at this event!
-Rev. Steven Arisman