In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…
Making the Sign of the Cross is not an unusual gesture for us Catholics. It has become a habit most especially when we are in a state of reverence and sacredness. But do we really understand what it means to invoke God in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?
This Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity – a week after Pentecost, on which we were gifted by the Risen Christ with the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is a mystery of our faith. It is the “central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself.” (CCC 234)
The readings remind us of how much God loves man that He reveals the mystery of His inmost being. The first reading from the book of Proverbs unfolds God being the Creator of all things, the Father of all creation, the Alpha and Omega. He created man out of love, and “found delight in the human race.” In the second reading, St. Paul makes known to the Romans another revelation of God’s persona in Jesus Christ through whom we are reconciled with the Father, and in the Holy Spirit through whom we experience the fullness of God’s love. In the gospel of John, Jesus bequeaths the Holy Spirit to us, the truth that He brings. God’s innermost secret about Himself is that He is one but not alone. The Trinity is One but consists of three divine persons that are distinct from one another in relations of origin: “It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds. The divine Unity is Triune.” (CCC 254) The Father is not the Son or the Spirit, and vice versa, but all three persons are One God – One Name. Though distinct, they are perfectly united because God is love.
This beautiful revelation of God about Himself is His personal invitation to us to have an intimate relationship with the Divine Family – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because the way has already been paved for us through Jesus Christ, we now become the Father’s adopted children; hence we should also share this unfathomable love that unites the Trinity. As faithful, we are called to love one another. This is the greatest commandment that Jesus invites us to fulfill, for it is only through love that different persons with different views and beliefs are united as one. Chains are broken, walls destroyed, relationships healed. This same love of God that “has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom 5:5) will lead us to a life of peace, forgiveness, humility, and most importantly to a life of intimacy with God.
Knowing God’s secret about Himself does not make us ‘solve’ the mystery of the Trinity for no mind can comprehend how God’s mind works. Imagine a father sends his only son away just to be beaten up, tortured, mocked and spitted on to save self-absorbed men from their sins. Bizarre and insane, we may think, but that is the way on how our Heavenly Father tells us of His love. He is a mystery, but the more we know about Him and the more we experience Him, the deeper we fall in love with a God so absolutely loving which actually unearths His secret! God’s mystery is revealed more and more in His works, in His love.
Being reminded of God’s greatness should not cease in simply knowing about Him, but rather should continue on leaving us thirsty to experience the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in our day-to-day lives. To experience the Holy Trinity is to choose to love everyday.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit… we now realize how powerful this line invokes, may we make it meaningful and sacred.
Dear God, Thank you for your greatest gift to man, your Love. I am sorry if my love for You falters, I am sorry if my love towards others is selective. You created me in Your likeness, please grant me a heart like Yours – merciful, compassionate, forgiving – especially when I am drowned in my selfish desires. You are my only God, Name above all names, Lord of all lords, I will forever glorify You as I do my part in uniting Your family here on earth through love.