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Sunday, June 7, 1998

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Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:22-31
Romans 5:1-5
Psalm 8
John 16:12-15

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one in three, you in three

"The Lord begot me, the first-born of His ways." —Proverbs 8:22

In love, God the Father has begotten, is begetting, and will be begetting Jesus always, beyond time, eternally. Jesus is the uniquely begotten, beloved Son of God. This eternal love of the Father and the Son is so real that it is the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

The Trinity is so important to us because we are in the Trinity and the Trinity is in us (see Jn 17:23; 1 Cor 6:19). We are not gods, but we are in God and He is in us (see 1 Jn 4:16). We are sharers in the divine nature (2 Pt 1:4). In the Trinity, "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). The Trinity is more practically important to us than air.

How can we live the Trinitarian life? How can we become the very holiness of the Holy Trinity (2 Cor 5:21) and be one as the Trinity is one? (see Jn 17:21) The Holy Spirit will guide us into Trinitarian life (see Jn 16:13), for "no one knows what lies at the depths of God but the Spirit of God" (1 Cor 2:11). "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us" (Rm 5:5). In this year of the Holy Spirit, in preparation for the Great Jubilee year 2000, we pray: "Come, Holy Spirit," so that we can be glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!

Prayer:  Father, may I live in Your love (Jn 15:10); Jesus, may I receive Your grace; Holy Spirit, may I be in Your fellowship (see 2 Cor 13:13).

Promise:  "I was His delight day by day, playing before Him all the while, playing on the surface of His earth." —Prv 8:30-31

Praise:  "All hail adored Trinity! All praise, eternal Unity!"

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 29, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 2, 1997