At today’s 11:00 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) for several people who have been part of our parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation. While each has taken a different path, each has responded to the movement of God in their life and now will be joined to the Church in the celebration of the Sacraments.
Pope Saint Leo the Great (+ 461 A.D.), in a homily preached for the feast of the Ascension, once said: “And so our Redeemer’s visible presence has passed into the sacraments.” In other words, the Sacraments are the way we know Christ and the grace of His Death and Resurrection.
On this Trinity Sunday we will bring to the baptismal font those who will be baptized in the name of the Triune God. We will also called upon them the grace and power of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Finally, they will join us in receiving our Savior and Lord in Holy Communion for the first time. This Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood, along with the Sacrament of Penance, will be the way each of them (like us) continue to encounter the One who brings us the eternal love and mercy of God.
Let us pray that each will be truly faithful members of God’s flock in the Church.