From the Pulpit: June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017                                                          Trinity Sunday

Introduction

“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”

  • How many times have you made the sign of the cross?
  • Those words were spoken over us at the time of our baptism.
  • We hear those words at the beginning of Mass and at the end.
  • We begin all of our prayers with the sign of the cross and we conclude with the same words.

Blessed Trinity

Today we celebrate the mystery of God. God is a trinity of persons: One God in three divine persons.

  • God has revealed a secret about himself.
  • At the heart of God is relationship. That relationship is an interplay of love.
  • Think of it this way: (Bishop Barron puts it this way.)
  • From all eternity, the Father looks at the Son and the Son looks at the Father.
  • What each sees is utter perfection and uncreated beauty.
  • Each sighs his love for the other. That shared or Sacred Breath is what we call the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the love shared and breathed back and forth between the Father and the Son.

Gospel

God is always present to the world.

  • As we look at the gospel for today, we find that famous passage John 3:16.
  • Here we find that God loved the world so much that he sent his son to reveal himself and to save men and women.
  • Yes, God came not to destroy but to save.
  • God sent his son into the world.
  • The Son is the perfect image and revelation of the Father.

Not only that, but Jesus promised us the gift of his Holy Spirit, the Advocate who would strengthen us and make us holy.

  • Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples in the form of wind and fire.
  • Jesus was faithful to his promise.
  • We experience God in his Trinity.
  • The Father has created us.
  • The Son became flesh and redeemed us by his passion, death and resurrection.
  • The Holy Spirit continues to make us holy through the sacraments.

Application and conclusion

Even though God is complete and total mystery, he has revealed himself as the interplay of love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Here is your gospel challenge for this week
  • It is really simple!
  • Make the sign of the cross every day when you pray.
  • When you make that sign of the cross, do so slowly and reverently.
  • As you Say those words, “In The name of Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Remember the Blessed Trinity and that God has promised always to be with us.