Sunday, June 7, 2009
Feast of the Holy Trinity
God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That is good news! And he has destined us to share in that exchange.
The opening prayer for today's Liturgy is:
"Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy. Through them we come to know the mystery of your life. Help us to worship you, one God in three Persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen."
The alternate prayer is also so full and beautiful that I will copy it here, too, for our reflection (I usually do not take in the beauty of the prayers at the beginning of the Liturgy unless I have reflected on them ahead of time.)
God, we praise you;
Father all powerful, Christ Lord and Savior, Spirit of Love,
You reveal yourself in the depths of our being,
drawing us to share in your life and your love.
One God, three Persons,
be near to the people formed in your image,
close to the world your love brings to life.
We ask this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever. Amen.
That is a prayer that is full of good theology! I love the line "You reveal yourself in the depths of our being, drawing us to share in your life and your love." That is our purpose, our reason for being - to share in God's life and love!!
This is a beautiful feast. Here is a quote I like from Archbishop Guerry who died in 1969: "To communicate in the life of the Blessed Trinity is to be introduced--by Christ, in Christ, and with Christ--into the Divine Family, so that we may enjoy he intimacy of the Three Divine Persons, may communicate in their life of light and of love, and in the full happiness of the infinite love with which they love one another in the bosom of the unity of their divine nature. It is to be happy with the happiness of God, and to be happy in the knowledge that nothing can be added to this happiness."
May we all be happy with the happiness of God"!