Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 16 June 2019
THE DAY OF HOLY TRINITY
Prov. 8:22-31; Psm. 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Rome 5:1-5, John 16:12-15
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
This is the characteristic of Catholic prayer, which we always say every day. The problem is when we say or memorize something fluently, we sometimes just say it as it flows from our words, without living up to it word by word. We don’t give a moment to the meaning of its each word to go deeply into our heart. We just use the process of retrieval or recall, a process which recalls our remembrance from our memory. Prayer sometimes loses its meaning. Empty, just merely a sound of word strings.
The prayer of Glory Be is our faith confession to the glory of the Holy Trinity, Lord as the Father, Jesus as the Son and Holy Spirit as our Saviour. The Glory Be was from the beginning, is now today and shall be ever. The eternal Glory Be.
Glory Be is a glorious thing or situation, nobleness, majesty and honor. A word containing a great meaning.
Who is the real Holy Trinity? Holy Trinity is three Divine Persons, Father as the Creator, Jesus as Redeemer who incarnated as a human, and Holy Spirit promised by Jesus to be Paraclete or human Helper. Three persons in an inseparable unity.
John, the Evangelist, today tells Jesus’ farewell mandate to His disciples, “All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:15). This mandate is undeniable statement on the unity of the Holy Trinity. It’s impossible to follow Jesus Christ without wanting to know the Father or rejecting the presence of Holy Spirit. Our logic might be difficult to accept the concept of this three Divine Persons, but our faith doesn’t merely lean on our logic.
From the beginning Jesus has been aware of the limitation of our understanding. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-14)
Let us let the Spirit of Truth lead us to understand all. We need to open our heart, to silent our mind, to let go all “mundane understanding” and to have the attitude of faith, to feel the presence of the Spirit of Truth who will open our understanding membrane and to deliver us to true recognition on the Holy Trinity.
Happy Holy Trinity Day.
(Angel – Pontifical Mission Societies)
DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER
Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. Hope the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also leads me and gives me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.
Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:
For Evangelization intention:
Living model of the priests: From their simple and humble living testimony, hope the priests can actively involve themselves in solidarity action to those sufferers and poor. We pray….
For Indonesian church intention:
Youth’s confusion: Hope the Church is willing to provide the facility and activity where the youth can involve themselves in the work and action useful for the people to manage their confusion threatening them. We pray….
Hope the people in our Diocese stand beside the youth spirit with full wisdom, so that the youth can sort out and select the study, job and activity meaningful and useful for themselves, family, church and society. We pray….