The first thing our parents taught us about our religion was most probably the sign of the cross. The last thing a priest will do at our graveside is make the sign of the cross over our body. A Christian’s life is marked “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
The Sunday Bible readings often speak to us about the Father (as originator of all life related to creation), sending his Son or Word (for our salvation), and communicating the Spirit (related to our rebirth from water and Spirit).
The revelation of God as Father, son and Holy Spirit tells us first of all what God is for us. But as to the mysterious unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we can only stammer with inadequate human concepts, which are not able to express the ineffable mystery of God himself. Human beings want to know. But we must realize that more important than knowing about God is knowing God, the way two beloved know one another!
An intimate person-to-person relationship gives a knowledge that cannot possibly be expressed in human terminology. It is this kind of knowledge of God that ultimately satisfies a human being. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscru-table are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways! (Rom11:33).
– New St. Joseph Sunday Missal