Reflection from Fr. Enzie Lagattuta, Parochial Vicar . . .
Today we celebrate the Trinity – the only Sunday on our liturgical calendar that focuses directly on God’s being, rather than on the life and mission of Jesus.
This mystery is revered in one of the shortest Christian prayers, The Sign of the Cross. It is not simply the way we begin and end a prayer; it is a powerful prayer in and of itself.
These 16 words are the same words that are used to baptize someone into the Christian faith. Jesus himself gave them to us in the Great Commission to make disciples of all the nations, just before he ascended to the Father.
The Sign of the Cross contains one of the most sacred mysteries of our faith, the Trinity. Biblical scholars, theologians, and other academic intellectuals have tried to understand the mystery of the Trinity for 2,000 years.
But what the saints and mystics have always known – and what we celebrate today – is that the Trinity is a feast of pure love.
It is a celebration of the unique relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who together are one God: creating, saving, and sanctifying us.
Jesus reveals the Father to us, and we are able to draw close to the Father because the Holy Spirit helps us to do so.
This in a nutshell is what we believe and what we proclaim:
Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen, and free you.
It is unconditional. Nothing we do can change that. Paul tells us “Nothing will ever separate us from the love of God.”
Let us take then this opportunity to live the truth that we are loved, that we have been saved, and that the Lord is always at our side.
May God enlighten our minds and hearts to be open to this truth and to God’s movements of grace in our lives.