One of the very first prayers that we learn as a child then is the Sign of the Cross. In sports competitions, we see athletes do it before doing their routines, like before making a free throw in a basketball game, before a diver takes the platform, or before preparing to run a race. Most of us also do it before leaving home for the office, or before doing something we consider important. Even without realizing it, whenever we do the Sign of the Cross, we explicitly proclaim our faith in the Most Holy Trinity.
After many weeks of various events and celebrations, this week the Church Liturgical Calendar returns back to the season of Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next, however, are designated as solemnities—special days that call our attention to the central mysteries of our Catholic faith. Today, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity, One God in Three Divine Persons. As Christians, we are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
In the First Reading (Ex. 34: 4b-6, 8-9), we are brought back to the time in the Old Testament when God the Father, revealed Himself as LORD. His revelation is one that tells us He is the “merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” Moses pleaded with Yahweh God for pardon from wickedness and sins, and receiving them as His own, even with the realization that they are a “stiff-necked people”.
God, the Father, out of His deep love for Mankind, sent His Son into the world in order to save it (Jn. 3: 16-18). My High School Religious Education teacher calls these verses as the “Gospel in a Nutshell”, for this truly summarizes what the Good News of salvation is all about. Through the death and resurrection of the Son, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. As three persons, God acts always as a God of love; He does not condemn the world but acts to save it. When you get the inspiration, try to imagine the most beautiful relationship that you can ever have. That love and beautiful relationship exists and is a reality. It is the love and relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Today, let us reflect on the response that we should give back to God. We don’t need to solve the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity for it is a truth so deep for us to even make a scratch. Suffice it to say that it is enough to say “Lord, I believe”. This profession of faith is a sign that the Holy Spirit is working silently but effectively in our lives.
“Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;to God who is, who was, and who is to come.” (Rv. 1: 8)