Are you conscious of the fact that every time you make the sign of the cross you are invoking the Holy Trinity? Every time you pray the Glory Be you expand the original sign of the cross. The common invocation is “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.” There are alternative ways to say this. Another is, “Glory be to the eternal God, to Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit among us, both now and forever. Amen” A third way is, “Glory to you, Source of All Being, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit as it is now and will be forever. Amen.”
The most Holy Trinity is a basic doctrine of faith for the Christian community. It is a mystery of faith that we can understand only with our hearts, not with our heads. We are taught that there are three distinct Persons in one God, sharing the same Divine Nature. Rather than puzzling over how this can be, it is easier to understand the “roles” each plays in our lives.
We have the Father who is the Creator, Jesus who is the Son and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit who is the Sanctifier and Advocate. Beginning with the Book of Genesis we read about God the Creator creating the world and everything in it. Out of God’s great love, Jesus the Word, becomes human to share that love with us. Following Jesus’ death and resurrection the Risen Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit will be given to us as our Advocate leading us to truth and helping us to live our lives to reflect that truth.
In the gospel reading we hear,
“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.”
Jesus is saying what he has is from the Father and he, in turn, will give it to the Holy Spirit.
The best part is that then the Spirit takes care of us!
How can you become more aware of the Trinity in your life?
In what ways can the sign of the cross become a deeply held prayer in relationship with the Trinity?