Sunday, May 27
By Clare Hurrelbrink
“The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself and is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 234) As Christians, we believe in one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
How do we help our young ones understand the Trinity? They gingerly dip their fingers into the Holy Water reciting aloud, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” For children, gestures are much more meaningful than words, as they help them to express what words cannot say. The sacred gesture used during the Sign of the Cross helps us better communicate with God. This is the sign of salvation, since Jesus redeemed us on the cross. It is the sign of Christ. It should be made slowly, broadly, and carefully. When we make it, we put ourselves in God’s presence for all life situations.
God exists solely in relationship, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are always in relationship with one another. Being created in God’s image, we are also called to constantly exist in relationship and seek the truth together.
In the Name of my Mother or my Father, my Son or my Daughter, and in the Holy Spirit…
Trinity is the relationship of one in three, and Trust is essential in understanding the balance in all relationships. How do we stay connected with the Trinity? How does our faith keep us connected with one another? Truth is a powerful thing that only exists in community, and to be able to grasp the truth, we must hold the truth in relationship.
Holding another’s hand is a grace-filled gesture in relationships. The message is simple: extending our love, and our hands, to help and hold others is a privilege, and is one that should not be missed. The Holy Spirit is working within us, reminding us to love our neighbors, holding so much hope in building God’s Kingdom. God the Father shared the secret: You must first love the king and then love the people as much as you love yourself and the Kingdom shall be yours forever; Jesus the Son lived the secret; and the Spirit helped the people remember to live the secret.
“Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28: 19). All mothers, fathers and children are called to go into the world to tell the people about the Father and the Son, and then the gift of the Spirit is with them in all they do: children give joy, mothers bring love, fathers spread peace.
The Holy Spirit was the wind that swept over the water at creation. This same Spirit came down on Jesus at his baptism. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be our advocate, our helper. We must be open to the Spirit at work in our lives and in our world as She helps us to live as Jesus taught us and shows us the way to the Father. She gives us the courage to stand up for what is right. Through Her power, we can walk in faith, hope and love as disciples of Jesus Christ. Look around and listen carefully, She is fully present around you, and if you are still, you can feel Her tugging at your heart and soul, reminding you of the blessing that is you.
What are some ways to give joy, bring love, spread peace, and become a gift to one another? How do you live the secret of the Kingdom? In what prayers and in what gestures do you show reverence and acceptance of the Trinity in your life? How will you make sure that the Spirit will accompany you as you go into the world?
I remember that God loves me.
I remember that God loves each of you.
I remember that Jesus asks me to tell others that God loves them too.
Clare Hurrelbrink is the coordinator of Religious Education, FXW-OSP Campus.