Pastor’s Corner

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Scott Hahn is a world famous Bible commentator, scholar, university professor and speaker. He is also well know in the Catholic world as a convert, being a former Presbyterian minister who pastored a church in Northern Virginia. He summarizes, insightfully, the mystery we celebrate this weekend on Trinity Sunday:

“The Trinity is the loving relationship we hope to know forever in heaven. If we are not growing in our love of that mystery, we are not growing any closer to heaven.” Yet, the challenge to try and understand this mystery is overwhelming! St. Augustine, a Doctor of the Church, spent thirty years writing a treatise on the Holy Trinity. It is told that once, he was walking along the beach. He found a small child using a seashell to pour water from the ocean into a hole he had dug. When he asked about his project, the child said he was going put all the ocean into the hole he had dug. Augustine commented it was impossible because the hole couldn’t contain all that water. The little one looked up and paused, saying “It is no more impossible than what you are trying to do.” When Augustine looked back, the child was gone.

You and I cannot comprehend the mystery of God completely with our limited minds. However, as Dr. Hahn observes, we are called to grow in love of this mystery and to enter more deeply into this relationship here as we get to know the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit through speaking with them, studying, and entering into their love. This will transform our lives with new hope.

We particularly enter into this mystery through our participation at Mass, in the heavenly liturgy that Jesus established at the Last Supper. Our worship together at Mass is the center of who we are as Christians.

I want to thank our Music Director, Sue Williams, who has enhanced our liturgies with music, choir, and instrumental performances at Sacred Heart of Jesus. This May she is ending her time here in service to God in our parish. We are grateful for her dedicated, loving, kind and faithful work at our parish. I would like to publicly thank her for her service. Our prayers, gratitude and best wishes accompany her. May the Most Holy Trinity continue to bless and reward her for her dedication and service here.

In Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Bjorn Lundberg