Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we re-enter the season of Ordinary Time, the Church gives us three great solemnities that are instructive for our prayer and devotional lives. First, we celebrate today the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Second, next Sunday we will celebrate the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. This feast, traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, will also be marked here at St. Pius by a solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Thursday, May 31. Third, the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi (June 8). These great liturgical celebrations help us reflect on the true nature of Ordinary Time.
In the Community of Jerusalem, a French monastic community, the season of Ordinary Time is referred to as “the time of the Church.” In the weeks following Pentecost, the monks and nuns of this community understand that the mission carried out by the Apostles on that first Pentecost is also entrusted to the Church all through history. Today is the season of the Church and we are to make known the powerful love of the God who is one God in three Divine Persons, the God who feeds His people with His very Body and Blood, the Trinity at whose center beats a human heart.
In our reflection on the Blessed Trinity, we are reminded that the eternal love of God is pure act, that is, it is never confined to one space, time, or individual, but is rather eternally poured out. This eternal self-gift is poured out, not only within the relations of the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, but also on all of creation. This eternal self-gift is poured out in a special way on those who have been baptized by the pouring of water and the invocation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. By extension, those who have been brought into this eternal love are also sent, in order that this Divine power may be continue to be shared in time.
Thus, we are in the time of the Church. We who are members of the Church, recipients of the eternal outpouring of Divine love, are sent, as the Gospel reminds us, to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that [Jesus] commanded…” Therefore, as I have said many times, there is nothing “ordinary” about this time. Rather, all who have been baptized are swept up into this divine action. We are part of the mission. Today we return to the source – our eyes, hearts, and minds are fixed on the Blessed Trinity, the very source of the love that saves the world. It is the power of the Blessed Trinity at work not only in God Himself, but also in each of us, that vivifies and sanctifies the world. This is the time in which the Church, fully alive, is charged with that great commission to make disciples in the name of the Blessed Trinity.