Dear brothers and sisters,

 

Ave Maria!

We will celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity this Sunday, a perfect sequence after Pentecost. Having seen God’s complete revelation of Himself - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - we now contemplate this awesome “we” acting in human history: in creation, in redemption and in sanctification. This is the Holy Trinity, the most fundamental and essential teaching in the hierarchy of the truths of faith (Catechism, 233-234).

To help us contemplate the Holy Trinity, Our Lady invites us to the depths of Her Immaculate Heart, in which “is reflected the most pure light of the Divine Trinity” (131 a). We will read Message 131: “Enter My Garden,” taken from the book “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”

 

 

I.   GOSPEL READING (Matthew 28: 16-20)                                                                

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

 

Points for Reflection

 

  1. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Nowhere in the Bible do we find the word “Trinity.” Jesus never mentioned it. However, the readings show how this mystery unfolds in time. In the Gospel, for instance, the formula used in baptism indicates that the Church early on had these essential elements that would later constitute the doctrine of the Trinity: “in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” According to St. Ambrose, this shows One God who in eternity carries out His plan, appropriated in the three Persons: as Father in creation, as Son in redemption and as Holy Spirit in sanctification. The Holy Trinity is singularity in plurality.

In the Psalm (Ps. 32:4-6,9,18-20,22), we see a muted foreshadowing of the Trinity: “By the word (Son) of the Lord (Father), the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth (Holy Spirit), all their host.” Extolling God’s kindness, the Psalm was actually describing the Trinity vividly shown in the works of “creation, redemption and sanctification” (Catechism, 235). To this amazing mystery, we find appropriate the words of Moses in the First Reading (Deut. 4:32-34,39-40): “Did anything so great ever happen before?”

 

 

 

  1. Baptized in the Triune Name of God

We possess this great mystery through baptism. Baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” we share in the life of the Trinity. St. Paul explains in the Second Reading (Rom. 8:14-17) that this is our spiritual adoption by the Father, which makes us co-heirs with Christ, and with the Spirit united in our spirit bearing witness that we are God’s children. Even if this was broken by man’s disobedience, God had always desired our adoption, which He accomplished through Jesus, whose death and resurrection brought back to us our divine adoption.

 

  1. Our Life in the Trinity

Our spiritual adoption in baptism invites us to live this awesome mystery. To begin with, God precisely created us to live in a loving relationship with Him in Three Divine Person as Father who creates, as Son who redeems, and as Holy Spirit who sanctifies. Our Catechism explains that “God's very being is love. By sending his Son and the Spirit of Love, He has revealed his innermost secret. God Himself is an eternal exchange of love - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and has destined us to share in that exchange” (CCC 221).

What difference can the Trinity make in our daily lives? Our Psalm says: “Happy the people the Lord has chosen as His own.” By this, the Triune God calls us to live the supernatural (i.e., above the natural). Though mere mortal beings, we possess the divine life that God intended for us from the beginning: “Let us make man in our image” (Gn. 1:26). We would be the images of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let us pause and think of what it means to be baptized and what it means when we make the sign of the cross. 

 

 

  1. OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: “ENTER MY GARDEN” (MESSAGE 131)

July 29, 1977

 

  1. Let yourselves be led, beloved sons, into the depths of my Immaculate Heart. Enter my garden. In it is reflected the most pure light of the Divine Trinity.
  2. The Father finds herein his design intact and perfectly realized. Here therefore all creation is resumed and contained, to sing with me the eternal praise of its Lord and Creator. It is the place where the Heavenly Father receives his greatest glory from his creature.
  3. The Son finds here his habitual dwelling place. My Heart is the house where the Word was formed in his human life; it is the refuge where Jesus withdrew to find aid and comfort.
  4. Here He also brought his first disciples, that they might be strengthened and receive, each and all, his very own imprint. In this garden they grew, little by little, according to his divine plan; they became more humble, purer, more generous, stronger. Here they were well cultivated until each one attained that resemblance to Jesus which He Himself desired.
  5. It was also the altar on which my Son was immolated, the chalice which received his blood, which opened itself to the moaning of his wounds, which was opened wide to the great gift of his dying Heart.
  6. He desired that this garden of his should also become yours; and so, He gave you his Mother.
  7. The Holy Spirit is the only Gardener within my enclosure. He has overshadowed me with his light of love; He has filled me with all his gifts; He has embellished me with his grandeur and has made me his Spouse.
  8. In my Immaculate Heart this divine prodigy has taken place.
  9. My garden is his exclusive property: it is the Holy Spirit who waters it and gives it light; it is He who causes the most beautiful flowers to spring up; it is He who gives them their color and fragrance; it is He who brings therein whom He wills.
  10. No one can enter unless He Himself opens to them: no one walks therein unless He leads them forward.
  11. If you but knew, my beloved sons, the gift you have received by consecrating yourselves to my Immaculate Heart!
  12. It is the Holy Spirit who has brought you into my garden. And through your heavenly Mother, He is now cultivating you, embellishing you with his gifts, and enriching you with all the virtues.
  13. This is how you are growing in holiness, becoming more and more priests according to my design, and moving forward that you may be introduced by Him into the depths of my Immaculate Heart, wherein shines brilliantly all the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.
  14. Remain, then, forever in my garden.

 

Points for Reflection

To help us contemplate the Holy Trinity, Our Lady invites us to the depths of Her Immaculate Heart, in which “is reflected the most pure light of the Divine Trinity” (131 a). Here, she uses three images of Herself: as the “masterpiece” of the Father, as the “home” of the Son, and as the “garden” of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. The Masterpiece of the Father

By the grace of Her singular privilege (Her Immaculate Conception), Our Lady is preserved in the original state - in God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:26) and thus leads all creation to glorify God. As the masterpiece of the Father, She reflects His wondrous plan, whole and entire (88 d). “Here therefore all creation is resumed and contained, to sing with me the eternal praise of its Lord and Creator. It is the place where the Heavenly Father receives his greatest glory from his creature” (131 b).

In this plan of God, He wants Her to be the “worthy gateway” through which He would come to us (104 f) and from which the light (grace) would pass to reach us (104 n). She becomes the “new” Eve (the new mother) with whom all creation will sing again the eternal praise of its Lord and Creator, thus giving the heavenly Father his greatest glory (131 b, 165 b).

 

  1. The Home of the Son

Immaculately conceived, Our Lady is the perfect home for the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. What moved God to entrust Her with the mystery of Incarnation is Her profound sense of littleness and poverty and her availability for the accomplishment of the God’s Will (94 d). At the moment when She said her Fiat, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity descended into Her most pure womb, in which He received His human nature (94 b). With her “yes,” her Immaculate Heart, thus, became “the house where the Word was formed in his human life” (131 c).

She, too, is the refuge where Jesus withdrew to find aid and comfort. “He has always been within me; we grew up together in his hidden life and in his public life. We were as one during his passion and his death. ‘Mother!’ was His last agonizing cry” (10 b-d).

 

  1. The Garden of the Holy Spirit

Lastly, Our Lady’s Heart is the “garden” of the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit is the only Gardener within my enclosure. He has overshadowed me with his light of love and filled me with all his gifts. He has embellished me with his grandeur and has made me his Spouse.”

“If you but knew the gift you have received by consecrating yourselves to my Immaculate Heart!” (131 k) Here, the divine prodigy of the Holy Spirit takes place. “The Holy Spirit waters it and gives it light. He causes the most beautiful flowers to spring up and gives them their color and fragrance” (131 g-i). In her “garden,” wherein shines brilliantly all the glory of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit cultivates us, embellishes us with his gifts and enriches us with all the virtues. This is how we grow in holiness (131 l-m).

 

Through the Immaculate Heart, let us explore the awesome mystery of the Holy Trinity. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!

 

God bless you all!

 

Yours in the Immaculate Heart,

Fr. Omer

 

Note:
This reflection is shared with all cenacle and other prayer groups (priests and laity), communities and Marian organizations, associations and movements within and outside of the Philippines, with Our Lady’s words transcribed verbatim for those who do not have copies of the messages. This may also be shared with private individuals for their personal use.
Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.

Imprimatur:  Bishop Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998
                        Archbishop Francesco Cuccarese, 2007

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