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Dear Friends

I share with you this reflection:

My favorite religion teacher in grammar school would often use everyday items to explain a term particularly difficult for us to grasp. When it came to describing the reality of the Holy Trinity, we were all surprised to see her hold up a banana at the front of the room. She peeled back the skin of the banana and sliced a half-inch thick piece from the center of the banana. She began to slowly roll the slice back and forth between her fingers and our eyes nearly popped out of our heads when the one slice seemed to separate magically into three equal sections. She said, “Each section is still a banana, yet each is distinctly taken from the whole banana.” There was something about this that made sense to each of us, as we struggled to figure out exactly how the Trinity “worked”—three persons in one God. I remember quite clearly running home that day and trying the exercise on a banana on our kitchen counter. I sliced that banana into about ten pieces and each time I rolled a slice back and forth in my fingers, behold, three distinct equal sections fell into my hand.

This image has remained with me and reenters my consciousness each time the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Each year we stand before this mystery. Some of us try to wrap our brains around it. Others simply let the liturgical celebration pass us by. Perhaps this feast is calling us to do something that we normally don’t do in this world of ours, which is so full of the practical. This day could simply be calling us to stand in awe at the presence and power of God. Today is the day to be reminded that ours is an awesome God, who, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, created us, redeemed us, and continues to break into our lives in surprising and mysterious ways.

                                                                                            Blessings, Fr. Mike

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