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by Maria Franco
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The Trinity is the most beautiful manifestation of love between the Father, Son and Spirit, three persons in One.

For some, it maybe a complex dogma to understand how three people can reside as one? But for those who dwell in the same Trinitarian spirit, it is not difficult to comprehend this great mystery of faith. As explained to us by the elders of the church, every time, we sign ourselves, the first cross on the forehead represents God the Father who created the Universe and who reigns over us all. The second cross on the lips stands for God the Son who became the Word when he took on our own flesh to be the eternal food for our souls. The third cross on the heart stands for the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of the Father and Son who now come and dwell within us and makes our home with us. As Jesus related to his apostles in John 14:20; “When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

This love of the Trinity gives birth to all other kinds of love in different forms. The Trinity is our soulmate both on earth and in heaven as it can never be separated from us. When two beings are deeply in love they can never be even a fraction of a distance between their souls whether they are together or even nations away. This love follows in the imprints of the Trinity. One survives on the breath of the other. Every expression is in unison with the other. This love resides in the center of their mind reigning over powerful emotions, the unspoken words of love always present in the whisper of their lips, the overwhelming love growing and thriving in every new beat of the heart. They become two persons dwelling as one. Their prayers are one, their thoughts are one, the love burning in their hearts are one, their souls are merged, their emotions are the same.

It is very easy to follow the language of the Trinity as each communicates with the other. When Jesus lived his life on earth, he was united to His Father in heaven in prayer and entreaties, his will and spirit one with the will of the Father. When Jesus hung on the Cross, the Father was united in the pain and agony of his Son as he went through each traumatic moment. When the Holy Spirit came down on Pentecost, the Father and the Risen Son were both present in the Upper Room as it flashed with the electrifying and red hot power from heaven. We have all been given the Spirit of God so that we can possess the same divinity of the Trinity. We have to mold and bond ourselves to the Trinitarian spirit so that we can also perform great and heavenly deeds whilst our footsteps are still on this earth. Once we recognize the importance of each person in the Trinity, the so much more easier it becomes to identify ourselves with the role that each one functions to.

I am reminded of an anecdote where a stranger on a visit to a new town is attending the local Sunday mass in the parish church. Unable to follow the language being spoken, he looks at the actions of the gentleman seated besides him and decides to follow suit. When the man stands, he does the same, when he kneels, he too kneels and so on… After the Communion Rite, as the pastor was presumably doing the weekly announcements, the gentleman suddenly stands up and the whole congregation claps for him. The stranger immediately does the same. At once, the applause stops and there is a pin drop silence in the church whilst the gentleman besides him looks at him in angry bewilderment. The stranger is now deeply hurt by the change in attitude of his neighbor and also at the raised eyebrows and audible disapprovals being passed among the other people. Moreover, his neighbor just storms out of the church to his incredulous surprise. At the end of the service the pastor comes up to him and speaks to him in the universal language demanding an explanation as to why he had spoilt the whole scene and what on earth had made him stand up at his announcement. The stranger now clearly shaken explains the entire situation to the pastor. On hearing this, the pastor remarks that the reason his neighbor had walked off in a huff was because he had announced that the ‘Smiths’ had given birth to a baby boy and would the proud father of the child please stand up. Now since the stranger had stood up as well the people were clearly confused as to who the real father of the child was.

A clearly ironical humor! But we all are in no doubt as to who our real Father is as we recite the Lord’s prayer; “Our Father who art in heaven.” Today the world is no longer so crazy about idolizing film stars and celebrities because they know whom they ought to worship and there is only One God in three persons before whom our knees ought to bow. As we know, those who kneel before God can stand up to anyone in this world.

The ‘Veni Creator’ which is a beautiful prayer to the Holy Trinity proves as a reminder of how the Father, Son and Spirit communicates in beautiful harmony. Just as those in love use the powerful sign language of the eyes with a know it all and say it all attitude which can penetrate right into the layers of their soul, so also every time we sign ourselves in the name of the Blessed Trinity, the Spirit of the Father and Son penetrates right through our marrow where we too become One with them.

On the feast of the Blessed Trinity, the most popular hymn sung in adoration is; “ Sing Praises to the Living God, Glory Alleluia, Glory to the Trinity, the Undivided Unity, the Father, Son and Spirit one, From whom all life and goodness comes.” The more umpteen times we recite this hymn, the more manifold blessings do we get flowing down from the pure and majestic Trinity.

Today the world also celebrates Father’s day and as we remember and pay tributes to our dear fathers, let us remember to first exult in the Glorious Father, the First person of the Holy Trinity who sits on the heavenly throne and is Father of all his beloved children on earth.

Maria Franco

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