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CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES URGED TO BECOME A REFLECTION OF THE COMMUNION OF THE BLESSED TRINITY
Jun 19, 2017








VATICAN CITY -

The Holy Father Pope Francis has described the celebration of the mystery of Trinity Sunday as a continuous call on “the Christian community, despite its human limitations to become a reflection of the communion of the Trinity, of its goodness and beauty.’ He however added that this is only possible through the experience of the mercy and forgiveness of God.
Pope Francis made this affirmation during his reflection on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, during the midday recitation of the Angelus at St peter’s Square, last Sunday. Reflecting on the mystery of the identity of God, Pope Francis making references to relevant portions of both the Old and New Testaments noted that God showed His proper name and significance when he renewed the pact Moses;
As: “the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” The Pope added that this name shows us that "God is not distant and closed in on Himself”; rather, He is “Life which wishes to communicate itself; He is openness; He is Love which redeems man’s infidelity."
This revelation of God’s name is fulfilled in the New Testament, in the words of Christ and His mission of salvation, the Holy Father stated. “Jesus”, he said, “has shown us the face of God, One in substance and Triune in Persons; God is all and only Love, in a subsisting relationship that creates, redeems, and sanctifies all: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
And, earlier in his homily at Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis spoke extensively on the birth of the Church with the coming of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity, who re-energized the Apostles and made them to profess their faith boldly and reached out to the people with the Good News of Christ.
His words: “Today concludes the Easter season, the fifty days that, from Jesus’ resurrection to Pentecost, are marked in a particular way by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is in fact the Easter Gift par excellence. He is the Creator Spirit, who constantly brings about new things. Today’s readings show us two of those new things. In the first reading, the Spirit makes of the disciples a new people; in the Gospel, he creates in the disciples a new heart.
He concluded: “The Holy Spirit is the fire of love burning in the Church and in our hearts, even though we often cover him with the ash of our sins. Let us ask him: “Spirit of God, Lord, who dwell in my heart and in the heart of the Church, guiding and shaping her in diversity, come! Like water, we need you to live. Come down upon us anew, teach us unity, renew our hearts and teach us to love as you love us, to forgive as you forgive us. Amen”


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