Three For Love

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!” —2 Corinthians 13:13

Love is Trinitarian. The sign of the cross, which we make at the beginning of every Mass, is Trinitarian. At our Baptism, we were baptized in the Trinitarian formula; Jesus Himself commanded His disciples to “baptize them in the name ‘of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’ ” (Mt 28:19).

The Holy Trinity is a communion of love. Everything the Trinity does — creating, saving, healing, anointing — is done in love (Jn 3:16; Gn 1:1ff). If the Triune God did not love us, we would cease to exist. Love is the reason why God saves us (see Jn 3:16-17). It is the self-emptying love of God, Who constantly gives Himself to us. Love always reaches out; as an example, the father of the prodigal son moved forth from his dwelling to reach out to both of his beloved sons (see Lk 15:20, 28).

The only way we could know about the Holy Trinity is for the Lord to reveal Himself to us. Such intimate self-revelation comes because the Triune God lavishes His love upon us (see Ti 3:6) and longs to be with us, His beloved (see Sg 2:8, 14).

On this Trinity Sunday, give God the gift He most wants: your heart. Abandon yourself into the arms of the Triune God.

PRAYER: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I reveal my heart to You in response to Your incredible self-revelation to me. I am all Yours.

PROMISE: “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity…” —Ex 34:6

PRAISE: “Praise the Holy Trinity, undivided Unity; Holy God, mighty God, God immortal, be adored!”

(From a reflection by a member of the editorial team of the late Fr Al Lauer’s Presentation Ministries)

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John Portelli

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