A Hole on the Shore and the Sea
On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
The sign of the cross "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" is the prayer that we usually recite to begin and end all our prayers and our liturgies with like the Mass, the Rosary, grace at meals, even when we start our trips, etc. This is the formula of the rite by which we were baptized, which marks the beginning of our Christian life, and the sign by which the priest blesses our mortal remains at the end of our life here on earth.
This prayer expresses our profound belief in the nature and the inner life of the God we worship: one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Jews, Muslims and other ancient religions believe in God, but it is distinctive to true Christians to believe that God is One in Three Persons.
Sunday after Sunday, we profess our faith in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, incarnate who redeemed us, and in the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life . . .
The truth of One God in Three distinct divine persons is something that we cannot fit in our limited and finite minds, just as we cannot put the water of the immense ocean into a small hole on the beach (the story of St. Augustine and a child on the beach who told the saint just that), otherwise, God would not be God. We could never arrive at this truth by our human minds. It is only because God decides to reveal Himself to mankind through His incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, and in Scripture that we know Who God really is, what His inner life is.
This story encompassing the drama of creation, redemption and sanctification is not only the story of the human race described in Scripture. It is also the story of each one of us.
We exist because we are loved—loved by the Father who created us and continuously keeps us alive. We are loved through the Son who offered Himself up for us that He might redeem us from sin and give us eternal life. We are loved in the Spirit who dwells within us and inspires us through His gifts.
At Mass, the priest says: "Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, forever and ever." And we say: “Amen.”
God wants us to call Him “Abba”, Father. That is the prayer Christ, His Son, taught us. In Christ, the Son, we become His adopted sons and daughters. And as adopted sons and daughters we are heirs to heaven which is a sharing in the divine life of the Trinity.
We should not hesitate to proclaim this faith. Many early Christians gave up their lives professing this faith. Throughout the centuries, many Christians lived their lives glorifying God in this faith.
Even now, scores of Christians are being persecuted, being killed for this faith – in Nigeria, in India, in Syria, Iraq and in many other countries where the dominant religion seeks to impose their own concept of God on Christians -- where calling God Father is considered blasphemy, where Christ is not believed to be divine, and where the concept of Holy Spirit is alien to their faith. This threat is present even in our country today.
Our belief in one God in three divine Persons – the Most Holy Trinity – should not only guide us in the ways we pray but also in the way we live our lives, and that is the way pleasing to the Most Holy Trinity.
Let us pray for the grace and strength to do this so that at the end of our earthly journey, we will share in His divine life … in the life of the Triune God, who is Love and who gives us this Love.
Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.#
"Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."