Reflections - May 22, 2016

“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.”  Jn. 16:15.
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Trinity.  Always as this feast arrives I remember in my childhood when my mother would put me to bed she indicated for me to make the sign of the cross in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
In Baptism the Church converts us into children of God through the spirit of adoption with the invocation to the Holy Trinity.  Also at the end of life, in the funeral rites, our Mother, the Church, through its ministers blesses the bodies of those that have gone to the house of the Father with the invocation of the Trinity for a complete surrender in the presence of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
We find in the history of the people of Israel manifestations of the Lord through the patriarchs and the prophets until the arrival of the incarnation of the Son of God into the womb of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is the face of the Father that is why He tells us of “The Spirit of truth who will guide you to all truth”.  Jn. 16:13.
I would like to highlight in the life of Jesus His relationship with the Father.  After being baptized the Father calls Him “His beloved Son”.  The Holy Spirit leads Him into the wilderness before beginning His plan for salvation and obedient to the will of the Father and with the power of the Holy Spirit “leads the people who lived in darkness into the light of faith”.
In His plan of salvation He chooses a few simple men to whom He gradually reveals that He is the Son of God made man.  “Have I been with you for son long a time and you still do not know me; I am in the Father and the Father is in me” Jn. 14:9.
However, it is not until after the resurrection of the Lord and the coming of the Holy Spirit that the Apostles will understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
I invite you this Sunday when you recite the Creed at Mass to give thanks to the Father, the Creator, to the Son, the redeemer, and to the Holy Spirit, the consoler, because you are a Son or daughter of God and you are also a Son or daughter of the Church, which has been preaching to the true and Holy Trinity for more than twenty centuries.