From the Deacon’s Desk 6/7/2020

Dear Friends:

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. The idea of three persons in one being is hard for us to understand. How can that be? It just doesn’t make sense. Yet God wants us to stretch and grasp ideas that are hard to understand. A good example of this is Jesus dying on the cross. As he nears death what does he do? He forgives those who have crucified him.  That’s hard for us to understand too. The Holy Trinity is full of things that make us wonder and question! This is good! It provides fertile ground on which the seeds of faith and love can sprout and grow.

Saint Patrick used a great symbol of the Trinity in the Shamrock. The Shamrock has three leaves. If you remove one you no longer have a Shamrock. It’s the same with the Holy Trinity: if you remove one you no longer have the Trinity.

Throughout many of the Scriptures, in both the Old and New Testament, evidence of this wonderful ministry is present. God, through the prophets, talks about Jesus and how he will send his Son to redeem the world. Jesus speaks regularly in the New Testament about the Holy Spirit. Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will come to us and be our Advocate. An Advocate that will defend us against the evil of the world. Over and over again we find God the Father and Creator, Jesus our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit our Advocate promise to be with us forever.

I encourage each of us to spend a few moments today just thinking about what it means to have a God who wants to be so close to us that he gives of himself three times over and for as long as we live which indeed is forever.

Our Churches are starting to reopen, our restaurants can now serve meals outdoors. These are small steps in light of what we have been through but they are steps toward recovery! It is a sign that God wants us to take care of ourselves. He is leading us to health. We must now do what we need to do to answer his call!

Peace and All Good

Deacon Jim