Posted May 19, 2016
The Blessed Trinity … a mystery?
You may have noticed the colorful illustration on the front of today’s bulletin. The original art piece is entitled “Blessed Trinity.” The artist is Lance McNeel, a modern artist from Houston who has portrayed the Blessed Trinity through a variety of concepts. You can find more about him and his work on the Internet.
In this particular rendering, McNeel has chosen to use the three primary shapes and colors. On his blog, McNeel writes, “The idea behind the painting is to present the concept of the Blessed Trinity graphically using the metaphor of the primary colors and primary shapes to represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Father is yellow, the warmest and brightest of the primary colors. The triangle symbolizes perfection, thought, and creative power. Jesus, God the Son, is red to symbolize his martyrdom. Red is the color of love, courage and human passion symbolizes the humanity of Jesus through the blood that ran through his mortal body. Likewise the square is the symbol for the earth, the domain of humanity. The Holy Spirit is symbolized by the cool fluidity of blue. The circle symbolizes relaxation and smooth motion. It represents the guidance, inspiration and grace that we receive from the Holy Spirit.”
Using your gifts of the Holy Spirit, how might you represent your experience of the Holy Trinity? Though we were taught that the Trinity is “a mystery,” we still have capabilities to communicate its power and influence in various ways: graphically, musically, and most importantly in our daily actions and decisions.
For me, the Trinity is all about “relationship.” The divine loving relationship between Persons of the Trinity creates and informs every human relationship. So too, our human relationships affect the earth and environment. I encourage all members of our St Xavier parish to use this Feast as a time to eXamine your relationship with others in our parish. Maybe it is time to consider joining in or helping out in a new way.
In order to make your talents available to others in our faith community, let me draw your attention to the orange “We Need Your Help” brochures around the church. At this time, our parish has a special need for wedding coordinators. If you can spare one weekend a month, this is a great need we have. Also, we are looking to gather those interested in taking seriously matters related to Care for Our Common Home: i.e. recycling, conservation, green, environment, Laudato Si, and care for the poor. Please give us a call if you have interest to strengthen your relationships with your St Xavier parish community. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Cor 13:13).
Rev. Patrick Fairbanks, S.J., Pastor