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Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Homily Transcript
You know, today we’re celebrating the Trinity. And we make the sign of the cross, the Trinity, all the time it seems. We bless ourselves, we probably did it when we came in to church today. And we sign ourselves in the holy water, and as we enter the church. We may, if we’re like a baseball player about to hit the home run, maybe they’re going to sign themselves too with that same sign of the cross. Or maybe after that home run, often times you see them in victory making that sign of the cross, a little blessing. I was thinking of recently in a baptism, you know, that whole signing of the cross is so beautiful and is something we participate in as we enter into the church at Baptism. The priest and deacon in the opening rite of Baptism makes the sign of the cross on the child’s head, on the forehead, and then invites the parents and godparents to do that, to do that same action, that same calling of God to bless us, to bless that day. Making the sign of the cross, we’re always, seems like, blessing ourselves. And the Holy Trinity is there, always there tapping into our lives. It’s a powerful ritual but oftentimes it’s such a powerful mystery that it’s hard for us to always unlock and celebrate in a deeper way. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons in one God. That is truly remarkable. God is so remarkable and generous to us.
As St. Paul in the readings reminds us over and over again, that love of God is poured out into our hearts. Actually, when you look at the Trinity, it’s an expression of that love. The Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus, in his farewell discourse to his disciples, his Apostles there, he’s reminding them, as they feel sad about what is about to take place for him, as he’s gonna to take up his cross and suffer and die in order to rise again, he reminds them over and over again that everything the Father has given to him is given to them. The Father’s love is given to us, that’s worth signing ourselves with all the time, every day. We’re all part of that beautiful relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through life’s up and downs, through the journeys that we make, God is always present. God is always there with us, reminding us to stay close to him and to bless ourselves, unite ourselves, in a deeper way to his love.
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
A special thank you this week to our friends from St. James Parish, from Highwood and Divine Mercy Crusade from Chicago in the congregation.