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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Most Holy Trinity

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Holy Trinity is the “central mystery of the Christian faith” (261). The concept of the Triune God — Three Persons in one God — is truly a mystery, almost too lofty for us ordinary people to even grasp. How can the truth of the Holy Trinity teach us anything that may impact our everyday lives?

Saint John Paul II described the Holy Trinity as a “Divine Family,” a community of persons who give themselves completely to each other and who wishes to share itself and its life with us. These concepts are at the very heart of what it means to be a Catholic Christian. We too are invited, as our Christian vocation, to share ourselves and our lives with others.

Our Gospel passage from John reminds us that God so loved us, he gave us his only Son, so that we might spend eternity with him. The Christian way of life is nothing more and nothing less than to imitate the love of our Most Holy Trinity. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes might not perish but might have eternal life.” He gave Himself, in the person of His Son, for love of us. We can show our love back by offering ourselves and our lives in service, to Him.

Amazingly, the more we give of ourselves to God in love, the more we will find the “grace of the Lord, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.” The God of the universe — this mysterious, Triune God — invites us to an ever-deepening intimacy with Him when we make our lives a loving gift to Him and to others in the way we live our life.

Sunday Masses begin next week on June 13th and 14th with specific requirements. The list of requirements can be found in the most recent parish bulletin and through the parish website (www.stjccm.org). Thank you for your cooperation and compliance as we follow the instructions and guidance of local and state officials and the Diocese of Orange.

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