This Sunday we celebrate “Trinity Sunday” and next week we’ll celebrate Corpus Christi. So while we’re back into the season of Ordinary Time, we still have another couple weeks of white. The Mystery of the Trinity is probably one of the most confusing parts of our faith. Probably the clearest expression was the statement by St. Athanasius,
We worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity, neither blending their persons nor dividing their essence. For the person of the Father is a distinct person, the person of the Son is another, and that of the Holy Spirit still another. But the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal.
Now doesn’t that clarify things? If it still seems confusing, please remember that’s ok, it should. We have a God who created the universe, do we really expect that we’d be able comprehend everything about him? We can certainly understand some. We should always work to better understand, but we’re never going to understand God in himself perfectly. That’s ok, because we don’t have to perfectly understand him to follow him. Probably my favorite explanation goes something like this:
God created everything, including Love itself. He can’t make something he doesn’t already have, so God is Love, and he exists in an eternal relationship. All our feeble human efforts at love are in imitation of the Father’s perfect Love of Jesus, and Jesus’s perfect Love of His Father. When we encounter God, we’re just trying to listen follow him and learn, because we know he created us and loves us.
In the parish, we’ve had quite a whirlwind since the announcement of the upcoming move. The new Pastor here was ordained a priest this Saturday morning and he’s looking forward to joining us here. Thank you to everyone who made it down for the ordination.
It’s been pretty busy for me here between visiting my new parishes and working to wrap things up here. I really want to thank our Parish and Finance Councils and the Cemetery Committee for working together to help begin this transition process. There’s a lot to get done, but it’s good to see we’re well on our way. This week seems to have been cemetery week. I’ve been fielding calls all week as we’re getting plots settled, transfers done, and sales completed. Thank you to everyone who’s stepped up to get those things finalized for your family while I’m still here. I’m hopeful that by working through that now, it will make things easier for Father Mark when he arrives.
Every day, it seems that there’s a few more things to hand off or show to others as we make preparations for this move. Thank you to everyone who has been so willing to help, I’m very hopeful that the good things that we’ve started will continue in the future. So much of that depends right now on folks who step up to help us keep that momentum going.
Meanwhile, I thank you all for your patience, as half of my days right now are on the phone organizing things at my new places for my arrival. Over the next few weeks, I’m also starting to get packed, and get ready for the big move. I want to also thank everyone who’s offered to help. I do really appreciate it.
Finally, the baskets for the basket raffle have started to arrive. Thank you all again for all of your donations of such beautiful baskets. I trust that the upcoming summer dinner will be a wonderful introduction for Father Mark.
God Bless You,
Father Matthew Baum is the Parish Administrator at Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.
Prince of Peace