How wonderful the name of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in all the earth!
Saint Paul teaches us today that we are at “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and that the love of God “has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (c.f. Romans 5:1-5).
The Holy Spirit is the wisdom of God made known to us in the first reading. “When the Lord established the heavens I was there...” (Proverbs 8:27). The Lord tells us in the Gospel that this same Spirit, the Wisdom of God, will come to the disciples. “When he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth” (John 16:13).
The Holy Trinity is a fundamental truth of our Catholic Faith. Human thinking, intellect, and language are inadequate to fully explain this revelation of One God in three Divine Persons. The Triune God can best be illustrated by the life and love of a Christian who seeks to live the mystery of the Trinity with unwavering faith.
As the water washes over us at baptism, the words that are spoken are “I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We began our new life in the name of the Triune God.
The Catechism teaches us: “The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ [Son] and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (1279)
Throughout our lives, we begin and end prayer with the sign of the Cross, invoking the wonderful name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Romano Guardini, remarked: "We do it before praying so that... we may put ourselves spiritually in order; focus thoughts, heart and will on God; after praying, so that what God has given us may remain within us.... It embraces the whole being, body and soul... and everything is consecrated in the name of the Triune God" (The Spirit of the Liturgy)
The entirety of our life must be a reflection of the love of the Holy Trinity. God, the Blessed Trinity, is a communion of love - the love of the Father for the Son and of the Son for the Father - in the unity of the Holy Spirit. God's Trinitarian love is a love which seeks to give itself.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son...” (John 3:16) The Son gives himself in turn to his Father and to us: ““Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” and “Take this all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, given up for you.”
We are made in the image and likeness of God. To illustrate to the world what we mean by the Holy Trinity don’t just have a love of life, have a life of love, the love found in the Holy Trinity.
God bless you all, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Congratulations to our newly Confirmed Catholics: Isaac LaBudda, Ethan Jasinski, Simon Glavin, Elizabeth Fleming, Trevor Fleming, Margot Weiland, Bailey Granger, Samantha La Porte.