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Weekly Gospel Reflection

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

May 27, 2018 — The Most Holy Trinity
Matthew 28:16-20
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A grandmother in a rural community wrote in Country magazine that her six year-old granddaughter from the city came for a visit. While the little girl played in the yard, Grandma noticed her walking around and around the birdbath, looking uncertain about what it was. Finally, she dipped her right hand into the water and blessed herself with the Sign of the Cross.

Jesus does say in the Gospel to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We have been baptized as children of God, and the Sign of the Cross is a reminder that we should live each day in the company of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This was a way of life for Mary. She knew she was a child of the Father. She became the Mother of God’s Son. Jesus was conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. We can be sure that she spent every moment on earth aware of God’s presence.

How can we be more like Mary in living in the presence of the Trinity? One way is the “Three-minute Trinity Prayer.” Begin by placing yourself in God’s presence, adoring Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with the Sign of the Cross and the “Glory Be.” Then turn to Jesus and consider your most serious failing in the past twenty-four hours. Ask Jesus to forgive you. In the second minute, think about the greatest blessing you’ve received in the past twenty-four hours, and thank God the Father for that blessing. In the third, look ahead to the greatest challenge that faces you in the next twenty-four hours, and ask the Holy Spirit to be your Helper as you accept that challenge.

I’ve used this prayer daily for many years. It includes adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication (The ACTS of prayer). It can strengthen our relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, helping us realize, as Mary does, that each of us is “the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

Today, dip your hand into holy water (not a birdbath!), and make the Sign of the Cross.

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