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Dear brothers and sisters,
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
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?”
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.
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.
July 29, 1977
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.
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).
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).
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,
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