Gospel Reading and Thoughts for May 26, 2013

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Gospel – John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

 

trinityThe beauty of the Trinity!  One of my favorite thoughts on the Trinity is last year when we had our parish priest and visiting deacon over for dinner.  Afterwards, as we visited, my nine year-old son decided to get in on the grown-up conversation on the faith and explain how his favorite saint, St. Patrick, used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, with its three leaves in one, just as God has three parts in one too!  The clergy both chuckled and agreed with him, amused that a child was teaching them religion.

But, the Trinity is such a mystery to us that  if a child gets it, then we should too!  Another way to explain it to our children would be to say that you are a daughter, a mother, a sister – three in one!  In its simplicity, the Trinity is really beautiful and it gives us confidence in unfailing help!

I admit, I speak to the three parts of the Trinity differently.  I talk to God when I am thankful for the beautiful things in my life – my children, my husband, my family and friends – and when I need His forgiveness.  I talk to Jesus when I face the trials of this life, knowing that he too walked on this earth and is not foreign to human suffering and heartache.  And I speak to the Holy Spirit when I need help with daily troubles – accomplishing tasks, resolving child conflicts, encountering friends – even writing these articles!!

How is the Trinity alive in your life?

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