“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Every time we bless ourselves, we proclaim the mystery of the Trinity. Only the Christian religion teaches that there are three Persons in one God. It is a mystery we will never be able to fully comprehend. Yet it is the heart and soul of our Christian life.
St. Ignatius of Loyola once had a revelation of the Trinity as a harmonic chord, with three notes being played at the same time but forming one sound. This revelation was so overwhelming that after receiving it, he wept tears of joy all day. God is not an isolated, contained being. His nature is to be communal. The one being of God is really the interrelationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we share in this Trinitarian love and life. God is not some impersonal force living far away from us in some other universe. He sent his Son to become one of us so that we could share in his eternal and all-consuming personal life. As disciples of Jesus, we are invited to live within the love of the Holy Trinity. At baptism, we received the intimate, divine life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we become sons and daughters of the Father. By the power of the Holy Spirit, he is our Father, just as Jesus is our brother.
We should never view the Trinity as only an intellectual concept that has no practical bearing on our lives. The Trinity is our life. Every day we can affirm this truth. We live within the love offered to us each moment by a merciful God who wants us within the very center of his being. To gain us this privilege, the Father sacrificed his Son on the cross. The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a foretaste of the heavenly joys that await us. On this feast day of the Trinity, let us rejoice at the gift of life and love that has been so freely offered.
Spend time today praying to each Person of the Trinity. Thank the Father, your Creator, for the magnificence of the earth and for the life he has given to you. Thank the Son, Jesus Christ, for his obedience to his Father’s will and for the shedding of his blood, which has redeemed you. Thank the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies you by his presence and who inflames your heart with love for God.
Meditate on John 3:16: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Renounce any thoughts you might have that you are not worthy of God’s love. In your mind, reaffirm the truth that God loves you passionately and unconditionally, and that he wants to share his life with you.
As you contemplate the love in the Trinity, ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to love others the way God loves you. Then ask him for the grace to do so.
Prayer: God, we praise you: Father all-powerful, Christ Lord and Savior, Spirit of love. You reveal yourself in the depths of our being, drawing us to share in your life and your love. One God, three Persons, be near to the people formed in your image, close to the world your love brings to life. (Alternative Opening Prayer for Trinity Sunday)
This is a selection from A Year of Celebration, ed. By Patty Mitchell (The Word Among Us Press, 2001).