What is the Trinity?
When we think about the Trinity within Catholicism, what comes to mind? There is the daily sign of our faith in practice, through making the sign of the cross. We find the Father, as creator and sustainer and all-loving God. God works within the world and is the world, through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is one with the Father, divine and pure and becomes man, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and dies in order to save us from ourselves, from the sins of the world and shows us how to be people of faith. We live out a life of faith through embracing our belief in the Trinity, believing in God and praying for guidance and blessing in our life, being guided by the Holy Spirit and embracing our faith through attending mass, receiving the Eucharist and recalling the sacrifice and love of God found in Jesus' sacrifice. From there, we are each called to sacrifice ourselves, being inspired by our Trinitarian belief and becoming not only followers, but evangelical leaders in faith.
Today's Gospel reads:'Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he spoke thus, many believed in him' (John 8:21-30).
Jesus tells us more about God and the sacrifice he will make, but the people didn't understand, even his closest disciples. Jesus was telling them about what the Kingdom of God will look like, and we get a mere glimpse through listening to Jesus' teachings and believing in God's will for the world, Jesus' sacrifice of love for us, and the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us every day.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer to the Holy Trinity:
Glory be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God. Glory be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and opened for me the gates of heaven. Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty. Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.