A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
O Most Holy Trinity
June 9, 2017
Today’ Second Reading, a letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians bears repeating. Short, simple and to the point, it encourages us all to love as God loves us:
Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another,live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13.11-13
Grace, love and fellowship from the Father, Son and the Holy Spirt; what a beautiful greeting on this day as we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity. The relationship of the three persons within the Blessed Trinity provides for us a model of how we are to live with one another. The Father does not exist to outshine his Son, the Son does not reject what his Father asks, and the Holy Spirit provides a constant presence to all people as Jesus promised. This is a model that we would
do well to imitate in our own lives, within our families and in relationship to the people with whom we share life. There is no competition within the relationship of Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. Rather they co-exist and in their undivided unity provide humanity with a blueprint for life. The Blessed Trinity is a model of LOVE and is a promise to all people of the presence of God with them. God initiated a relationship with humanity beginning with creation and culminating in the sacrifice of his own Son that we might be freed from the sin that threatens the loss of eternal life. We are not alone. Jesus promised that he would be with us “until the end of the ages” and he is with us in the Holy Spirit. Through the love of the God, in the persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are saved, forgiven, and assured of God’s eternal love. The Most Holy Trinity is a great and beautiful gift, one that we must rejoice in, as stated in St. Paul’s letter written above. One of the shortest and yet most beautiful prayers we learn as young Catholics is the “Glory Be” or “Doxology.” The words are simple, reminding us as we pray of our baptism in the name of the Trinity and providing a promise that God’s love for us was from the beginning and will always be. Think about teaching this prayer to your children or grandchildren and say it with them often. What a beautiful way to assure them and yourself of God’s eternal love. And on this day let us give glory to God! Glory be to the Father, Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.