Branded

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (A)

People who own big animals, like horses, cows, water buffalos, brand them with their initials. People who invent things, like cars, household and office appliances, and other things, leave their names on them. Those who discover stars, planets, galaxies, put their names on them and make a name out of them.

We, Christian Catholics, are branded with the Blessed Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. How does this influence us? We have been making this sign of the cross all our life, many times perhaps automatically or hurriedly, and hopefully most of the time, sensibly and ardently. When we make the sign of the cross on us, we allow ourselves to be embraced by God, the origin of all creation, and bring to ourselves the whole history of our salvation that culminated on the cross where Jesus died for us and for the whole world.

A priest once preached that when we put our fingers on our forehead to make the sign of the cross, we mark ourselves with the Father, who planned and put the world together for us to live in. He created man in His own image and likeness. When man sinned and alienated himself from God, He promised a Redeemer, who was obedient even unto the cross.

When we bring our fingers down to our hearts or the middle of our body, we mark ourselves with the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus, the promised Redeemer, came down from heaven and was nourished in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grew up in the human family and experienced our temporal world. This coming down of the Son of God should be very significant to us, because we cannot go up to God, if God did not come down from Heaven. He redeemed us by His life, death and resurrection, and continues to call us to holiness through the conversion of our hearts from our sinfulness. Jesus calls us with urgency: repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. With this mark, we are continually invited to receive the sacraments, especially the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, and to generously participate in the ministries and activities of His Church.

When we move our hands to our shoulders we accept the workings of the Holy Spirit that Jesus has promised He would send, the Spirit that would teach us all that we need and remind us of all that we were taught. He constantly calls the tired and the weary, so that they can have rest, for His yoke is easy and His burden light.

We mark ourselves many times a day with the sign of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We were confirmed in the same mark. We are forgiven in the sacrament of Reconciliation with the same sign. Couples marry in same way. All the sacraments are received in the same manner. We make the sign of the Cross, the sign of the Blessed Trinity, at almost every moment of our life, at waking time and before we sleep, before and after meals, in just any situation, and we are sent home to God in the name of the Blessed Trinity.

If things are branded by their owners so that they may not be lost, how can we, creatures of our God, marked with the Blessed Trinity run away from our creator, or allow ourselves to be led astray, or consciously commit sin that lead us away from the God who created us for Himself? In fact, despite our sinfulness, we have been redeemed by the cross of Jesus Christ.

Have we been honest as to remain faithful to our Creator and God, the Blessed Trinity? We hope that we remain as real marks and witnesses of the Holy Trinity here on earth. Let us also make the sign of the cross devoutly. Let us remain faithful to the Father who created us, to the Son who redeemed us, and to the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us daily. St. Paul proclaims,

mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

In the spirit of gratitude, let us fervently celebrate the Eucharist as the manifestation of the presence of the Holy Trinity and the celebration of our redemption; and may the peace and love of the Most Holy Trinity reign always in our hearts.

 

6-15-14

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