Last Sunday as we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost so we concluded, after 50 days, our celebration of Easter. As we did so there might be a sense that we are getting back to normal, that all will be quiet again, we will know where we are. Well that is not quite the case, today we keep the feast of The Most Holy Trinity, and next Sunday is Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
It is good, I think, when we celebrate these important feasts because they put us in touch, once again, with significant aspects of our faith. As we celebrate the Trinity today it is a difficult feast to understand because it is a mystery, as we will have heard: three persons, one God, how can three be one? Put simply in celebrating the Trinity we celebrate the family life of God, the life of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Next week we are reminded of the wonderful gift we receive in the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, not a symbol or a re-presentation – but truly his Body and Blood entrusted to us, quite literally into our hands, and our lives.
Our life of faith gives us much to rejoice in, much to be grateful for, so when we talk of ‘Ordinary Time’ in the Church it may sound like something of a misnomer. Having celebrated Easter, invited to share in the life of God Himself in the Blessed Trinity, receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, how can anything ever be ordinary again?
Through our faith so much is given to us, so much is opened up for us – more than we might ever think of let alone ask for. So it’s good to stop and think about what we receive through our faith, and when we do that we are reminded of the goodness of God, we are reminded of what He so generously shares with us.
With the gift of faith there is really no such thing as ‘Ordinary’ time. Because of what God has done for us through the Incarnation and the Resurrection our lives are transformed, our world is transformed because of the touch of God’s power. So we live in the light of faith, we rejoice in the difference that it makes, and on this feast of the Holy Trinity we hear anew that invitation to share the life of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the life of God Himself.