Pick up any musical instrument and play the note “A.” That particular sound has been “A” since the beginning of time, it will be ‘”A” today and tomorrow and next week, it will be “A” a thousand years from now. Whether it is heard in an aria from a Mozart opera, a Stephen Sondheim composition or a guitar riff from Eric Clapton, that singular sound is “A”.
The most important tool in a good carpenter’s toolbox or on a designer’s drafting table is the T-square. This simple measuring device enables cutting wood at perfect 90-degree angles and drawing straight and plumb horizontal lines. Whether building a sandbox or skyscraper, whether designing a cottage or office building, the T-square makes every line and angle true.
Take a handful seeds and plant them in the ground; water and care for them, and soon a plant will sprout. Every seed has the potential to produce a bountiful harvest for the family table or a garden of great beauty and delight. Whether we use those seeds to feed the starving or amass great wealth for ourselves, a seed, carefully planted and nourished, holds within its seed coat the potential to produce a great harvest.
Think about the person you love most and who loves you most. In their eyes you will always find welcome, in their embrace you will always feel safe, in their presence you will always know joy. Relationships are risky — we risk rejection, vulnerability, being taken advantage of. But when we open ourselves to the possibilities, when we put aside our own wants and expectations, love grows, heals and fulfills.
This Sunday’s feast of the Most Holy Trinity calls us to realize the lasting and eternal gifts of God: the beauty of inspiration, the wonders of nature, the constancy of science, the completeness of love. How we use and experience these things are the beginnings of finding God and discovering the purpose of this life God has given us. This Sunday we stop and ponder the may ways God makes his presence known to us: in the eternity of time, in the constancy of nature, in the wonders of science, in the life-giving and affirming experience of selfless love; we give thanks for the grace that is ours in God who is loving Father and Creator, God who is teacher and redeemer, God who is love that binds us to one another as family and community and church. May we give thanks for such extraordinary grace by the ordinary ways we reveal that grace in this time and place of ours.
IN OTHER NEWS…
* Due to changes in his health over the past several months, Deacon Fred Seibold is now retired from active ministry. I am most grateful to him and Chris for their guidance and counsel during my time at Seton as well as over 40 years of service at Seton. It is my hope that a parish celebration of service can be done in the distant future. In the meantime, please continue to pray for him as he continues physical rehabilitation.
* I am happy to announce that a parishioner donated funds to refinish the original donor plates of the church that are now installed in the Narthex! You will find them mounted in the Narthex.
* Got anything to shred? Seton will be hosting a two hour shred event in the parish parking lot on Tuesday, June 21 from 11am to 1:00pm. There is a maximum of 2 file boxes per parishioner.
* The Food Pantry is in urgent need of TALL brown paper grocery bags due to the increase in clients. Please bring them to the church as soon as possible!
* Finally, I can’t believe my time at Seton is nearly coming to an end! I will be moving on Monday, June 27 so that the Staff can start preparing for Msgr. Woy’s arrival. Please join me for my final Mass on Sunday, June 26 at 11am with a reception following in the Parish Center.
A reminder....although masking is now optional, I encourage all parishioners to use your best judgement about wearing a mask especially if you are not vaccinated or immunocompromised. Please use the hand sanitizers in the Narthex and when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance. As always, if you are not feeling well, have a fever or persistent cough, please stay home and watch our live-streamed Mass online.
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass (Mon—Thurs at 9:00am and Sunday at 9:30am) on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.