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ANGELUS TODAY



In his mini-homily at the Angelus today, the Holy Father gifted us with yet another little gem of reflection on the Trinity: Here is a translation:



Dear brothers and sisters!

After Eastertide which culminated in the feast of Pentecost, the liturgy provides for three solemnities of the Lord: the Most Holy Trinity, today; Corpus Domini on Thursday, which in many countries, including Italy, will be celebrated next Sunday; and finally, on Friday, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Each of these liturgical observances highlights a perspective which embraces the entire mystery of the Christian faith - thus, respectively, the reality of the One and Triune God, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and the human-divine center of the person of Christ.

In fact, they are aspects of the one mystery of salvation, which in a certain sense, summarize the entire itinerary of the revelation of Jesus, from the incarnation to his death and resurrection and finally to the ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Today, let us contemplate the Most Holy Trinity as Jesus has made us know it. He revealed to us that God is love "not in the unity of one single person, but in the Trinity of one single substance" (Preface): He is Creator and merciful Father; he is the Only Begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, who died and resurrected for us; and finally, the Holy Spirit who moves everything, the cosmos and history, towards the full final recapitulation.

Three Persons who are one God because the Father is love, the Son is love, the Spirit is love. God is all love and only love, the purest love, which is infinite an eternal. He does not live in splendid solitude, but is rather an inexhaustible source of life which he gives and communicates to us incessantly.

We can sense thisspmehow by observing around us - whether it is the macro-universe - our earth, the planets, the stars, the galaxies; or the micro-universe - cells, atoms, elementary particles.

In everything that exists, the 'name' of the Most Holy Trinity is somehow 'imprinted, because all being, until the last particle, is being in a relationship - the God-relationship, ultimately appearing as creative love.

Everything comes from love, reaches out to love, and moves at the impulse of love, though, of course, with degrees of consciousness and freedom.

"O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!" (Ps 8,2), the psalmist exclaims. When it speaks of the 'name', the Bible means God himself, his truest identity: one that shines over all creation, where every being, by the very fact of being and by the very 'fabric' of which he is made, refers back to a transcendent Principle, to eternal and infinite Life which can be said in one word: Love.

"In him", said St. Paul at the Areopagus of Athens, "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17,28), The strongest proof that we are made in the image of the Trinity is this: that only love makes us happy, because we live in relationship - we live to love and to be loved.

Using an analogy suggested by biology, we can say that the human being carries in his own genome the profound imprint of the Trinity, of God-Love.

The Virgin Mary, in her obedient humility, made herself a handmaid of Divine Love: she accepted the will of the Father and conceived the Son by the action of the Holy Spirit. In her, the Almighty constructed a temple worthy of him, and made her the model and image of the Church, mystery and home of communion for all men.

May Mary, mirror of the Most Holy Trinity, help us to grow in our faith in the Trinitarian mystery.







[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 6/8/2009 7:35 PM]
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