“And behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Jesus had one mission in mind for his apostles—and for us: Transform the world as you have been transformed.
This is what we celebrate today on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: our calling to go out into the world in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Just as the Father sent his Son to redeem the world, Jesus sent the Spirit to fortify us in proclaiming the Good News of salvation. With the gift of the Spirit—our personal Pentecost—we have all the tools we need to witness Christ’s compassion and God’s eternal love.
At the same time, Jesus understood that the apostles would have moments of doubt. That’s why he reassured them—and now us—with words of comfort. He said he will be in our presence always, an endless reservoir of strength and good will.
Matthew’s gospel reminds us that living our faith happens in relationships… how well we care for one another… how well we live our baptismal call to serve… and how well we teach others by modeling the Gospel. Acts of compassion beget more acts of compassion. That is the nature of the divine impulse: to transform the world by reaching out, over and again, through prayer and good works. Being called… being sent… gifting the Spirit to everyone we know. This is the “trinity of our faith” that we can have only in community with God and one another. We live our lives in relationships, and we live the most rewarding ones in the presence of God.
Friend, as you celebrate today’s feast day and the infinite gift of the Holy Trinity, let your love spill over the way God’s gifts do—reshaping the world and transforming the soul within you.
Prayer for Trinity Sunday
All praise, honor and glory to You, Lord God,
most blessed and Holy Trinity
source of life, love, wisdom and truth
Creator, Sanctifier and Sustainer
of all that is, was, or ever will be.
You created humans in Your divine image
and breathed into us Your life-giving Spirit
and in the fullness of time You became one
with us in our humanity that we might
become one with You in Your divinity.
O Trinity of holy relationships help us empty
ourselves in loving service to one another
and to the world. Be our dynamic force of faith
to overcome mountains of hope to conquer
obstacles and of love to transform our world
into a living tabernacle of Your abiding presence.
Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.
I hope today’s reflection has special meaning for you. This is Father Ray Finch, sending you a blessing for the week, and an invitation to listen in again next Sunday.