The Most Holy Trinity
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We say these words as we make the sign of the cross, the sign of God's saving love for us in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. God who created the heavens, earth, and all who dwell in it. Jesus Christ, through whom we are offered salvation and peace. The Holy Spirit, who breathes life, leads us to the truth, and strengthens us to live as God's holy people. On this Solemnity, let us pause to reflect upon the mystery of the Holy Trinity, three persons in one God. As we name the mystery, may we come to know God's love more deeply and live it more profoundly.
PERCEIVE WHAT CANNOT BE SEEN
Have you ever paused on a clear night to look up at the stars, or taken time to notice the splendor of spring flowers, the changing colors of the autumn leaves, or the still beauty of a snow-covered landscape? Such moments of quiet reflection may lead us to a powerful sense of wonder. The same God who created the stars, flowers, trees, and snow created each of us. In sensing God's presence in the beauty that surrounds us, we may be filled with awe in perceiving what cannot be seen. Moments of wonder and awe may take us by surprise. It may be invisible, yet in these moments we see the hand of God.
LOOK WITH EYES OF FAITH
Not only in the beauty of God's creation do we sense the presence of the Lord. In times of prayer, especially the celebration of the Eucharist, we are strengthened in faith to be assured of the mystery of the triune God. The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth--the truth of who God is and who we are in God's sight. Even in times of great trial, we endure and find hope in the mystery of Christ's love--Jesus, who gave his life for us on the cross and who rose in glory is with us in times of wonder and in moments of difficulty. We see the love of God in the acts of love of others and when we act as Christ's people in service and care for others. We grow in the capacity to see with the eyes of faith, eyes that recognize God's grace and are ready to respond by sharing the love of God, Father, Son, and Spirit, in the world.