OUR STORY …
The good people at Holy Trinity Parish were excited! This weekend would be the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. Their parish was named after the Holy Trinity, so they felt a little, extra joy on this weekend every year.
Deacon Guy and his good friend Joseph were outside the church taking a little walk and talking about the upcoming celebration.
IT IS WRITTEN ..
The Bible says that Jesus sent His disciples into the world to continue making disciples. They were to baptize the people and teach them the traditions He had shared with them while they were together (Matt 28:16-20). These teachings would become the foundation for the Church and also the Bible that the Church would soon give the world.
Jesus’ disciples baptized in a unique way. They did it in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Catechism explains that baptismal grace is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins up to the point of baptism (CCC 1279).
Baptism is our birth into a new life. Some call it being “born again.” The Church teaches that, through baptism, important things happen. First, we are adopted into the family of God. We become children of the Father. But we are also made members of the body of Christ. And we become a temple for the Holy Spirit. All three personas that make up our one, triune God are involved in baptism.
Through God’s baptismal grace, the baptized person is incorporated into the Church, which is the Body of Christ, and shares in the priesthood of Christ.
LIFE GOES ON …
As Deacon Guy talked, Brother Joseph became increasingly excited about the special day this Sunday. He remembered how those faithful followers of Christ in the Church at Corinth were blessed by the Apostle St. Paul through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:13). It happened in the first century. Praying in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit has been part of our Church since its beginning.
Joseph wasn’t thinking of history at that moment though. He was just amazed that he could receive this same blessing every time he prayed over his food or prayed for someone else in need. When he made the Sign of the Cross on his body as he prayed, this blessing was on him. After all these years as a Catholic, it still amazed Joseph.
“In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” he whispered. “Amen.”
The good people at Holy Trinity Parish were excited about the celebration this Sunday. It was taking place in their parish and in Catholic Churches all around the world.
“I believe, dear Lord. Help me with my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!