..” in the name of the Father,& of the Son, & of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
..one of the greatest prayers in Christendom..ground zero of todays feast of the Trinity
..one God three persons, Father Son & Holy Spirit..
..it is so natural a prayer & gesture to make & pray the Sign of the Cross..bringing the life the protection & the blessings of our faith into life..20 / 30 times a day..June 2017
..you will see a top football player make Sign of Cross as he steps onto pitch in front of tv audience of millions..a grieving Mancunian mother placing posy of flowers at makeshift shrine of remembrance..some of you, as you came in through porch, pausing to bless yourself with holy water..& a gesture of prayer by upper vith student about to begin their most difficult A Level paper..
“if I have indeed won your favour, Lord, let my Lord come with us, I beg..”
..notice it is “I” praying for “us”..essence of our Catholicism..our exam our Mass our grief & our 90mins of football..
“..true, they are a headstrong people..” not they but us.. ; Lord have mercy
“..but forgive us our faults & our sins..” ours not just mine.. ; Christ have mercy
“..Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness & compassion, slow to anger” ; Lord have mercy
May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins & bring us to everlasting life.
..one of unforgivable sins of election campaign was to find we had been told some of the story but not whole truth..such deception undermines trust truth & authenticity..did you spot politician in our 1st rdg?..the editor who deleted v 7 one sentence in middle of story ..kept it from us..why?..”for thousands he maintains his kindness, forgives transgression,
faults sin; yet he lets nothing go unchecked, punishing the fathers faults in sons & in the grandsons to third & fourth generation.”..a religious manifesto which, given it was pre Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit, was authoritarian threatening & punishing..some of us sadly still live under such a defective misconception & flawed relationship with a God who offers kindness to a few & vengeance to most others..”why does your God allow the atrocities in Manchester & London?..what have we done wrong to deserve such divine punishment?”..& could you, will you, make the sign of the Cross, take a deep breath of intake of Holy Spirit, & speak gently convincingly of real presence of Father Son & Holy Spirit in & among both tragedies..of a God who isn’t aloof & distant but is immanent..not imminent[soon to arrive] but immanent[in up to his neck alongside us] in life, in success, & in tragedy..in gospel John makes a valiant attempt to put the divine relationship within the Trinity into words..God’s world was going sour & pearshaped; a chosen people in special measures..misusing misappropriating the second greatest gift after gift of life..free will..choosing that “which is other than God”..God saw the flaws & weakness &, in face of generations of prophets who’d been half heard, misheard or downright disowned in love & for love “God loved the world so much he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes may not be lost but may have eternal life..& world might be saved..”..the opposite to a Brexit..the full immersion of the three persons of God into our world so that “through him” then..& now through us..”our world might be saved”..no longer post Christmas Emmanuel “God is with us” but now post Easter/Pentecost “God is in us”, empowering us to recreate the face of the earth, & in first place, to recreate face of Ampleforth..Father Son & Holy Spirit..we are bordered just now by building site so lets take Trinity in that context..God the Father is the architect..it was he who dreamed of creating us..in love & in his own likeness..& creating a paradise for us to live & love in, here & now..”& what will heaven be like?”..tell them of your home this Village & our valley..paradise..& if not why not?..because we’ve chosen not to follow the architects blueprint..his local plan & his world plan..God the Son is the builder..sent by his Father with blueprint to learn through mistake & failure an expertise..to be inspired & to inspire others into building heaven on earth; choosing rock & sand to build solidly & flexibly the local & the universal Church..like building site next door, & indeed our parish, it goes on in stages, times of significant progress, workers like ants all over the site, at other times seemingly fallow as inevitable delays difficulties shortages & crises undermine progress & mood.. no wonder the Son the builder has a hard hat!..& then God the Holy Spirit..her role is the caretaker..she comes to work to birth from the inside out..she sees the flaws & imperfections, the potentially difficult moments & weak connections..cleans refreshes, mops up that which has been spilt or soiled, & all done with the overpoweringly strong gentle & cleansing divine ingredient..love..& the Trinity, having dreamed of, created & built, then polished & loved this corner of paradise into being, a wombspace of life love & truth, the final piece in jigsaw is celebrated placed & introduced..a perfect match, a perfect fit into everlasting life of the Trinity..& who pray is it? ..you..you, the fourth person of the Trinity..no longer a sitting tenant subject to strict terms & conditions of a shorthold occupancy agreement, with a landlord a soullord “letting nothing go unchecked punishing faults” & moral damage, but now an owner occupier..the body of Christ in person..& key ingredient in that four way agreement is mercy..that whatever is done wrong, however guilty we are, caught in very act of adultery, then the merciful Father intervenes to end any sense of forensic accountability & custodial sentence..not even fine nor probation..all that is said is “he is mine..& I am taking him home now” self certified freedom..& in the name of the Father the Son & the Holy Spirit. .[ TrinityYrA; Jn3;16-18]