Think of when you dress up for Halloween, how you look all over for the best costume. You want to take that one night to dress up as another figure, to pretend to be someone else. Think about the Trinity, of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the past, theologians and religious leaders came up with the concept of Modalism, that God was one figure that put on a different mask in each of these three forms. Obviously, we know this to be false, for God the Father, Son and Spirit are three separate and unique pieces, persons of one whole. God works in our lives in these three ways, in every area of our lives. In the same way, we are all the same as sinners searching for God's love.
Today's First Reading states:'But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, the righteousness of God through Faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith. For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith'(Romans 3:21-30).
In today's reading, we hear how we are all the same, those who know God and those who don't have faith. We are all people who sin and spend our entire lives longing in faith for a true love, for complete happiness. God works in our lives in everything we do, say, think. Through God as Father, through Jesus' teachings, death and resurrection, through the Holy Spirit acting in our lives to guide us. Whereas God is completely open and giving, we try to hide and put on 'masks' to hide our sinful natures. Take some time today to ask God to help you be your true self, to guide you in the Trinity in becoming a person of faith, openness and love.
Today's prayer comes from 'The Work of the Apostolate' a prayer for the Trinity:
O most holy Trinity, Almighty God, we adore You, who give life and vigor to every creature and who shed light eternal where there is darkness. We offer you our hearts, our souls, and our whole being, today and on the days to come, that we may offer perfect praise and love to your glorious Name. Amen. O Father almighty, we thank you wholeheartedly for all the blessings and graces You have so generously given us then and now. O merciful Christ Jesus, wash away our sins with your most precious blood. Feel the beating of our hearts and make them like your own. Oh, dear Jesus, wipe away our tears and pardon us for our sinfulness. Be with us, O Lord, until our dying day that we may be worthy of your mercy and forgiveness. O Holy Spirit, our guide and inspiration, lead us to the right path. And if, on our way, we encounter difficulties and trials, do not allow us to fall or lose hope. Grant us the graces we need daily that we may also share our blessings with our fellowmen. And when the time comes, O Holy Spirit, lead us to the place that is secure, full of joy and eternal peace. Amen.