Easter season is over, but Pentecost is fresh in our minds and spirits as we enter Ordinary Time. Of course, a couple folks received the Sacrament of Confirmation and may be a bit fresher in the Holy Spirit than others. I was excited to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation and have the three First Communions all at the Pentecost Vigil Mass last week. Unfortunately, those two Confirmations were the last of the Confirmandi that I was given delegation from the bishop. It was fantastic while it lasted and I was impressed by how much better it is for the community to witness during regular Sunday Masses. But we are moving on and now begin Ordinary Time with Trinity Sunday.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19
This is from today’s Gospel and captures our mission as a parish. This Gospel could be a good definition of our calling and mission to Evangelize the world. This is really what we are here to do. This is why we have the greatest gift of all… The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass… The Holy Eucharist. It is all for this purpose…to make disciples of all nations… to continue the work and mission of Our Lord.
This may be a good way to think of the Trinity as well. The Father sends the Son out of Love which is the Holy Spirit. This relationship is alive and has a purpose in our lives and gives us the life and power to stay in that relationship… Jesus Christ and His Spirit, the Advocate.
I understand this mission and the reality of Holy Trinity in the Mass. It is our life and strength for everything. With that in mind, and despite my excitement from last Sunday’s sacramental trifecta, this Sunday is even more exciting as we dispense with all the requirements for masks and social distancing. Of course, you can wear a mask if you are more comfortable and social distance as well. However, none of it is required any longer. This is exciting for me because the Mass is so important to me. It was painful to celebrate the way we have during COVID. However, we are moving on.
For now, the focus is about being at Mass without masks and distancing. Gradually and methodically, I will restore the other areas of Mass that have been suspended during COVID. I see this as a unique opportunity to strengthen and renew these areas of Mass that we could not have during COVID. My plan is take our time to invite folks to pray about and consider their talents and how they can contribute to the needs of our parish and liturgy. This will be followed by training and getting everyone up to speed. Finally, we will begin to execute these supporting ministries. This will take time but in the long run we will all be better able to worship God together at St. Mary’s Church.
Despite the fact that this will take time, I am extremely excited about the opportunity for St. Mary’s to grow and strengthen the already existing passion for worshiping God and gathering as His community…with/in unity… comm-unity!