How many times a day does a prayerful Catholic make the sign of the cross? Hopefully we do it when we get up in the morning, before meals, at Mass etc…But can we truly say that we do it thinking about what it means? In today’s Gospel Jesus enlightens us and helps us to receive with great joy his love along with the infinite love of God the Father for his beloved children.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
This great Solemnity of the Holy Trinity should help us perform our sign of the cross with a renewed attention and faith in the mystery of the Three Divine Persons. We need to implore God to increase our Faith if we do not firmly adhere to it.
The Catechism teaches that “by sending His only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God Himself is an external exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and He has destined us to share in that exchange”. (#221)
So many people on earth refuse to believe in God or in His love and His Light, even in Jesus Christ who brought believers back into communion with our Father!
Saint John Paul II said: “In the communion of grace with the Trinity, “man’s living area is broadened and raised up to the supernatural level of divine life. Man lives in God and by God”.
What is a sign that the Holy Trinity dwells in us? It is first and foremost through the invisible grace we receive at Baptism by which God the Father adopts us as His children. The Trinitarian indwelling many mystics speak about is really the invisible work of the Holy Spirit in us. He wants us to cooperate. We can live in the Holy Trinity if we strive at living in charity with one another.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…