The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, through you we discovered that the One God is a Trinity of Persons, that the fullness of life in God is lived in dynamic communion. I truly believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Thank you for opening your life to me, and for making me a partaker of that same life through Baptism.
Petition: Help me to grow in my understanding and living of this great mystery. Never allow me to forget that you created me, redeemed me and gave me a participation in your divine nature; that you always watch over me as a loving and provident Father; that your Spirit abides in me.
1. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. On the mountain of the Ascension, Jesus tells us how central the revelation of the Blessed Trinity is to him. He wants us to know in person the God we are praying to, and to love and serve him as the Most Holy Trinity, one God in three Persons. He wants us to know him and at the same time realize we cannot fully understand the life that is in God, he wants us to realize that we are creatures and he surpasses us completely, even our greatest attempts at understanding him, so that we rely on his revelation about himself, and contemplate its completeness and beauty in absolute trust in the message that Jesus gives us. In the name of the Trinity alone is Baptism to be given. Three persons in one God, this is the difference between God’s full self-revelation and all human attempts to know and honor God. God has wanted us to know this about himself, and to honor him in this way. Lord, we worship you, we thank you, we adore you, one God in Three Divine Persons. We thank you for your great goodness, burning love, and unfathomable mercy. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.
2. "All power on heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, Therefore and Make Disciples of All Nations." What does Jesus do with the power over heaven and earth that has been given to him, how does he exercise it? Rather than overwhelm us with its immensity, he uses it to unite sinful men with the all-holy God. How almighty his power must be to transform sinners into children of God and heirs of heaven. And how does Jesus use this power to bring about the transformation of mankind? Instead of doing it directly himself he has chosen each and every one of his followers to be his coworkers. He wants ours to be the voice so that his word can be heard, ours to be the hands so his work can be done, ours to be the feet that travel so that he can reach the furthest corners of the earth, ours to be the heart full of mercy and compassion so that his love can enter into the lives of people around us.
3. "I am with you always, even to the end of the age. This is perhaps the most consoling of Jesus’ messages, he is with us always. His presence is not passive but full of divine activity. He remains with us in the Eucharist, really present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, nourishing and strengthening us, giving us life (If you do not eat of my flesh and drink of my blood you will not have life in you.) Through Scripture he continues to speak to us. Through the Church, which is his Mystical Body, he continues to teach us and care for us. In Confession he offers us his pardon, without measure. In the other Sacraments he works directly in our soul, giving us the particular graces we need. In our neighbor he awaits us so that by serving our neighbor we serve him. He is present and active in our soul through his sanctifying grace. Thank you, Lord, for the great gift of Baptism in which you made me a child of God and opened to me the gates to all the graces you wish to give me.
Conversation: Heavenly Father, through my adoption in Christ you are now my own Father. I am your beloved child in Christ. Holy Spirit of God, gift of the Father and the Son, make your home in my heart. Direct my every thought, word and deed to glorify the most Holy Trinity.
1. What difference does knowing that there is one God in three Persons make in my life, in the way I relate to God?
2. In what ways am I making a reality of Jesus’ Great Commission in my life?
3. What do I do to increase my awareness and use of the different ways Christ is present in my life?