Letter to the Romans 5:1-5
Gospel According to John: 16:12-15
by Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB
The Communion Antiphon for today’s solemnity is one that could be committed to memory and said throughout this coming week. “Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6) It is a very tender image of who we are. We are children of God and the Spirit of Jesus is in our hearts. The Spirit cries out: Abba, Father. We can pray as well, “Abba, Father.” God has chosen us as His beloved, His beloved children. This God loves us; the God who is the “eternal holy Trinity and undivided Unity.”
The last sentence of the second reading echoes this wondrous thought: “and hope does not disappoint, because of the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Pope Francis recently stated: “The love that we receive from the Lord is the force that transforms our lives. It opens our hearts and enables us to love.” He goes on to say, “As a result, we can make decisions and perform works of love in every situation and for every brother and sister who we meet, because we ourselves are loved and we have the power to love. As I myself am loved, so I can love others… The Christian life is just that simple.” Take deeply these words of Pope Francis into your heart, mind and soul. We are loved! We have the power to love.
Let us bow down and give praise to the Most Holy Trinity of eternal glory! Let us adore the Trinity’s Unity, powerful in majesty. We are in awe of the Triune God! We give thanks and glorify your Name!
Notice how often we pray the “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.” at the Liturgy of the Hours, the Mass, and in the Rosary! We are the beloved children, who have been shown merciful love in the Holy Trinity! We will want to pray “Glory be” often in thanksgiving, awe and adoration, for such a wondrous gift.
From the Rule of St. Benedict
“so that in all things God may be glorified.” RB 57:9
“Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come.” Cf. Revelations 1:8