Dear People of the Tri-Parish,
I am typing this Wednesday evening. Things seem to be going well here in New Orleans. The kids are meeting Catholic youth from all over the United States. There are a couple of groups from Texas, but there is even a group from California. There are a couple of work sites that need the campers there early so our morning schedule has been earlier than usual. They have been waking up the kids at 5:15 AM, giving them breakfast, and then Mass is at 6:30 AM. Parents, teachers, and coaches, if they ever complain about having to get up early, remind them that they can do it because they have done it before. But seriously, they have met old people in their homes, they have met black kids in the inner city, they have fed the homeless. Their understanding of the face of Christ is being broadened in a way that could never happen in southern Minnesota. What a great blessing for our kids. Thank you to all who worked hard and/or donated to make these experiences possible. Thank you so much.
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus revealed that God was not just one Being, but that there are three Persons in the one Being of God. In all of human history, in the history of religions, this had never been revealed before. When God revealed that God was one God and not many gods, this is was a watershed moment in the revelation of God in human history. Now in Jesus, God was doing it again. Now that some people rightfully understood that God was one and not many gods, God further reveals that there are three Persons in the one God. Philosophers and theologians have pondered the logic and inner workings of a God that is one and three. At the end of the day, it is a mystery.
Our understanding of God as Trinity has a profound implications for our understanding of ourselves (who are made in God’s image and likeness), why God created us, what the purpose of human life is, and our final density (Refer the movie, “Back to the Future.”). I don’t have space here to lay all this out, but needless to say, God is Love, He created us out of love and desires us to be in a loving relationship with Him forever.
May the Love of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain with you forever,