The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Making the Sign of the Cross

The new semester of school has started and I know that I have to struggle on; but I am not alone as I can turn to the most Holy Trinity for when there is darkness, there is also light. The gospel reading speaks about Jesus’ eleven disciples as they make their trip to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. However when they saw him, they worshipped, but they also doubted (Matthew 28:16-20). In many instances, we find it hard to comprehend God’s word which gives rise to doubt and sometimes, things are just beyond our understanding. It is beyond our human understanding but through our faith and spirituality, we can grasp the task at hand which is unconditional love.

It is tough to practice unconditional love as there are many factors that make us unable to see the value and meaning behind the love of Jesus. The love of Jesus in the gospel is a mission entrusted to us which is relevant in the words Jesus spoke to his disciples, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go,therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20). These are words of encouragement for one to preach the good news to others and to spread the discipleship of the Catholic identity.

The Holy Trinity is present when we make the sign of the cross as a mark of our faith. It is a sign that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is present through the sign in branding us as disciples of the Catholic faith. The richness of the Holy Trinity can be experienced through the mass and in our daily lives when we pray to God, while Jesus is our teacher and the Holy Spirit is our guidance and strength. The analogy of the Holy Trinity can be simplified through the analogy of the egg.

The analogy of the egg is that the shell represents the Holy Spirit that is our shield and strength through our hardships. The egg white represents Jesus who is pure and close to God who is represented by the egg yolk with its richness and is the center of our belief as Catholics. These three components in an egg are very important as one cannot be present without the other. The Holy Trinity is Jesus’ assurance that we are not forsaken nor abandoned as he is with us till the end of time. Through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we are able to communicate with God through prayer and it comforts us to know that the Trinity is alive in everyone of us as due to our Catholic identity by baptism, we are all called to be disciples of Jesus.

Previously In 2010, Pope Benedict shared in his homily on Holy Trinity Sunday the remembrance of Jesus’s Death, Resurrection and Ascension which is his love poured out to people. The homily goes like this,” Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After the Easter Season that ended last Sunday with Pentecost, the Liturgy has returned to “Ordinary Time“. This does not mean, however, that Christians must be less any committed: indeed, having entered divine life through the sacraments, we are called daily to be open to the action of divine Grace, to progress in love of God and of neighbour. This Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity, in a certain sense sums up God’s revelation which was brought about through the Paschal Mysteries: Christ’s death and Resurrection, his Ascension to the right hand of the Father and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The human mind and language are inadequate to explain the relationship that exists between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; yet the Fathers of the Church sought to illustrate the mystery of the Triune God by living it with deep faith in their own lives.

The divine Trinity takes up his abode in us on the day of our Baptism: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. Every time we sign ourselves with the sign of the Cross we remember God’s name in which we were baptized. With regard to the sign of the Cross a theologian, Romano Guardini, remarked: “We do it before praying so that… we may put ourselves spiritually in order; focus thoughts, heart and will on God; after praying, so that what God has given us may remain within us…. It embraces the whole being, body and soul… and everything is consecrated in the name of the Triune God”

It tells us that we are called to experience the gift of the Holy Trinity in our daily lives through love for our faith and others. The sign of the cross marks the continued renewal and baptism that we seek to find throughout our journey with Jesus which is to turn away from our sins and always follow his ways. Also, we take this time to pray for our priests in Singapore as they prepare to attend their annual retreat to be refreshed, renewed and recharged to serve the community and spend time with Jesus. May the Holy Trinity continue to guard and guide them in their service as shepherds of the church.

God Bless! and may we continue to pray for those who have asked us to pray for them and for those who are praying for us.

Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Making the Sign of the Cross

  1. I love Romano G’s writings, and I was delighted to read what he wrote about the hands, the cross etc. I am not surprised you have brought him up together with Pope Benedict Emeritus. The latter also reads his works. Praise God!

  2. Hi Josephine, I came across Romano G’s writings by chance and would definitely read up more about his writings as they are simple to understand. See you tomorrow at the workshop, God Bless!

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