“The Parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the church’s life.”
— American Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, 1993
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Back to Ordinary Time: The return to ordinary time is always welcome. It is a respite from the very busy seasons of Lent and Easter. It is not, however, time away from the Church or time away from Christ. Rather it is time to rest in the Lord. Next week we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity, a fitting choice. We begin this quieter time with a recognition of the One in whom we rest, God himself.
Readings for next week: Proverbs 8:22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
Reflection: A technician may build a piano without being able to compose a melody. Another person composes, while others play or simply listen. All are necessary to the music. Each of us is part of a greater whole. Although it is possible for us to stand alone, we only reach the fullness of life when standing together. Imagine composer and pianist, builder and listener, coming together and becoming one with the song itself. That is the oneness and completeness of the Trinity. All of creation is the composition of the Father, sung and celebrated by the Son. The Spirit is both the song and the instrument upon which it is played. We are invited into the wisdom of God’s creation, to be like God, sharing in the composition itself, in the playing of the music, and in the celebration of the dance.
1. Describe the strengths, weaknesses, and dreams of your parents. How are they reflected in you?
2. Consider your own qualities. How are they reflected in those close to you?
Prayer: Father, we are your creation, standing it the midst, staring in wonder at all you have created. Yet you made us more than a beauty to be seen, far more than a simple observer privileged to witness the beauty. We are your children, the seed of an even more beautiful work. Help us, Lord, to glory in your gifts, but even more so to bring them to the glory of their fulfillment.
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