Following the Feast of Pentecost, the Church officially moves into Ordinary Time. The liturgical calendar is divided into “seasons:” Advent-Christmas-Epiphany, Lent-Easter, Pentecost and the Sundays following, Ordinary Time.
During the thirty weeks of Ordinary Time, the Church focuses our attention on the teachings of Jesus. We listen to many parables. We witness many miracles and healings that Jesus performed. We contemplate their meaning and try to adapt something we’ve gleaned from them to our everyday lives.
To start off this portion of the liturgical year the Church accents three important elements of our faith by naming the Sundays: Trinity Sunday, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost our “understanding” of God is complete. The Father sent the Son to redeem us. The Son, in turn, sent the Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us and enlighten us. We contemplate God as Creator, Redeemer and Sancti- 2 fier – One God, three Persons: The Holy Trinity.
In the Feast of the Body of Blood of Christ we celebrate Jesus’ abiding presence among us in the Eucharist that we so often celebrate. Then we celebrate the tremendous love of the Heart of Christ revealed to us though his life, his sacrificial death, and his resurrection. This is commemorated in the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
So today, we focus on the Feast of the Holy Trinity. In the second reading, from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, we’re given these two thoughts: “We have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ,” and “The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Paul tells us that Jesus has reconciled the human family with God. Because he emptied himself of his divinity to become a human being just like us, and because he sacrificed himself on the cross out of love for us and his faithfulness to the will of the Father, he created a bond with God that can never be destroyed. The proof of this is the love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
We’re asked to reflect on love today because “God is love.” The Son is the perfect reflection of the Father. The love of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father completes the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is that eternal love between the Father and the Son.
Paul is telling us that we have been drawn into the life of the Trinity because the Holy Spirit has poured God’s love into us. And so, we dare to call God, “our Father.”
Our first reflection in Ordinary Time is so profound but so basic to who we are as Christians. We’re children of God because we share God’s life by sharing in his love. We deepen and perfect that love when we love as Jesus loved – when we love as totally as we can, when we lay down our lives for one another every day, when we live, not for ourselves, but for others.
We conclude our reflection with the teaching of John, the Evangelist.
“God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16b)