The mystery of the Holy Trinity reminds Christians that “we are called to live not without each other, over or against the other, but with one another, and in one another.”
These were the words of Pope Francis during his Angelus address today in St. Peter’s Square.
The Holy Father reflected on today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, which he said reminds the faithful of “the mystery of the love of the Living God.”
The Gospel of St. Matthew recalls Jesus sending the apostles to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
“Christ entrusts this command in every time to the Church, who inherited from the Apostles the missionary mandate,” the Holy Father said on the Gospel. “He also addresses this to each one of us who, by virtue of Baptism, are part of His Community.”
Regarding today’s liturgical solemnity, the Jesuit Pope said that the mystery of the Holy Trinity renews the Christian mission of living in communion with God and others.
“This means to receive and accordingly give witness to the beauty of the Gospel,” the Pope said. “To live in love mutually and towards all, sharing in joy and sufferings, learning to ask and to grant forgiveness, valuing the various charisms under the guidance of the Pastors.”
The Pope went on to say that the Church is called to build an ecclesial community “that is more and more a family.”
The Sign of the Cross
Pope Francis continued his address, explaining that the path of Christian life is “essentially trinitarian”, in that the Holy Spirit “guides us to full knowledge of the teachings of Christ.”
“Everything, in Christian life, revolves around the mystery of the Trinity and is fulfilled in this infinite mystery,” he said. “Let us look, therefore, to keep high the ‘tone’ of our life, reminding ourselves to what end, for what glory we exist, work, struggle, suffer; and to which immense prize we are called [to have].”
Departing from his prepared remarks, the Pope stressed the importance of being reminded of the Trinity. He then invited them to make the sign of the Cross all together.
Concluding his address, Pope Francis called on the faithful to entrust themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary, “who more than any other creature has known, adored, and loved the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.”
“May She helps us to love Jesus wholeheartedly, to walk towards the vision of the Trinity, wonderful goal to which our lives are geared toward,” he said.
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For the full text of the Holy Father’s address, go to: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/angelus-on-the-mystery-of-the-holy-trinity