Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

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

It’s not just a gesture that we use to punctuate prayer. It’s not just a sign of our Catholicity.

This is a re-statement of our baptism.

These are the words I speak during baptism…the words that were said over each of us as water was poured over our heads…the first words that made us members of the Body of Christ. Those words we speak again, and in effect, re-Christen ourselves. We brand ourselves with God in His three persons. And whatever we do or say after is in the name of the Father…and the Son…and the Holy Spirit.

We become icons of the the Most Holy Trinity.

What an incredible gift.

What an incredible responsibility.

Just think of what that simple gesture means.

We touch our heads for the Father – the one whose mere idea, whose smallest thought, created us. This is where we began, in the mind of God.

We touch our hearts for the Son – the one whose unceasing love took him to the cross, and the one who taught us, as well, how to love through his own Sacred Heart.

We touch our shoulders for the Holy Spirit – the one who gives us strength, and who carries us on His shoulders — on His wings, if you will – and who enables us to be God’s arms, working on earth.

When we make the sign of the cross, and pray the sign of the cross with those words, we make of ourselves an offering, and a prayer. We embody what the Trinity represents. And we seek to bring that with our lives and with our actions to all those we meet.

We do it in the name of God – all that He is, all that He does.

We do it in the name of the Trinity.

Let us pray to live in that light – to always be drawn to it, and to always strive to give it to others. In the name of the one God in three persons …in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

By G. Kandra

 

 

 

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