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Trinity Sunday – The beginning of Ordinary Time

The celebration of the ‘Paschal Mystery’ beginning on Ash Wednesday ended last Sunday at the Feast of Pentecost. We now enter Ordinary Time which will take us to Advent and the start of a new liturgical cycle. This begins with today’s Feast of the Holy Trinity.

This doctrine is one of the most fundamental in our Christian faith but it is also the one which many of us have difficulty in understanding. We are asked to believe that in the one being we call God, there are three Persons, who are, in the words of today’s Preface, “three Persons equal in majesty, undivided in splendour, yet one Lord, one God, ever to be adored”. Rather than getting ourselves tied up in theology, we would do far better by reflecting prayerfully on today’s readings where the emphasis is not on what, or how, or why but the way the Persons in the Trinity relate to us. The message is that our God is not far away, that he is close by and he cares. The gospel tells us that God sent his son into the world not to condemn us but that we might be saved. In the First Reading Moses is told that God is the “Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness”. Sentiment we really need to hear and to become utterly convinced of, especially in a world where we can find times rough and painful. Let us pray today with Paul in the Second Reading: “Try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you…” Whatever form he might be in, Father, Son or Spirit.

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