CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 18 May 2019

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What’s yours is mine

Whatever the Father has is mine. The Spirit will receive what I give and tell you about.

It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that the Church can grasp something of the full meaning of all Jesus said, especially what he said about the Father.

The mystery of the Trinity, our triune God, is part of our one experience. The whole of creation within which we live and love is the product of a loving God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

At the heart of the mystery of the Trinity is a Father, whose love is incarnated in the Son, who gives life to the world and, the mutual love which exists between the Father and the Son, touches the lives of every one of us as the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word paraclete is sometimes inaccurately translated or interpreted as comforter or consoller. A more accurate translation would be to call it mediator, intercessor or helper.

It is not a title for the Holy Spirit, because Jesus Christ too is a paraclete. The Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, guides us on a level path. The truth is belief in Jesus, as the unique revelation of God and as
the one who speaks the words of God.

But the mystery of the Trinity is something to pray about and something to be lived. The Christian lives in the world of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But the world is also the place where we live and God manifests himself to us and to this world through us.

St. Justin the Martyr, whose feast day is celebrated on June 1, was an early Christian theologian and apologist (100 to 165). He was born at Neapolis, which today is called Nablus, in Palestine into a family that was not Christian. 

His conversion probably took place at Ephesus. He was beheaded in Rome. His major works are the First Apology, the Second Apology and Dialogue with Trypho the Jew.

In the Byzantine liturgy, we find the words, “We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly Spirit, we have founded the true faith: we adore the invisible Trinity, who has saved us.” 

These words are an appropriate prayer to say on Trinity Sunday to embrace the mysteries we have celebrated over the past few weeks.

Another prayer that we can say this week is, “Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.”

This prayer was written by St. Augustine.

 

 

l Diocese of Sandhurst