May 22, 2016
Dear Parish Family:
Today we celebrate one of the most fundamental beliefs in all of Christianity; the Trinity – three distinct, coequal persons in one God. For all of us, the Church, the Trinity is considered a mystery. There are aspects of this mystery that we will never fully understand, but it is something we hold as revealed truth.
It has been said that such a theological mystery is not a puzzle to solve or figure out, but more like an ocean in which we are swimming. We may never comprehend its totality, but we experience its presence and accept its reality, as well as its magnificence.
We often pray to the Trinity without even thinking that we are. When we make the sign of the cross, we are praying to the Trinity. This is probably the most common prayer we pray as Catholics, yet, many people do not even think of it as a prayer to the Trinity. We go through the motions of the sign of the cross, without thinking about the words at all. My 4th and 5th grade RE students are often amazed to realize this is actually a prayer, as I’m sure some grownups are also.
During Mass, make a point to notice how many times we make the sign of the cross. Think about the words. Listen, too, for other prayers throughout the Mass that honor the Holy Trinity.
Let us remember also, the Holy Trinity is the model and source of unity of the Church, as well as that of the family. Let us pray to the Holy Trinity to guide us in love and strengthening our unity with one another.
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Rev. Johnson Lopez
Father Lopez is Pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle, IL.