May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you my dear ones.
This greeting, used by St Paul in his second letter to the church at Corinth, is the first use of the salutation of and to the Trinity. It is a greeting often used at the beginning of every Mass, and fittingly it’s a greeting that echoes the sign-of-the-cross worshippers have just made on their bodies. It’s a greeting that succinctly declares the core of our belief: the Holy Trinity. Moreover, Paul’s greeting allows us a glimpse into the mystery, the depth, and the complexity of the character of God.
The mission of the Holy Spirit is to draw us to Christ by manifesting the risen Lord to us, by recalling his word to us, by opening our minds to the understanding of the mystery of his death and resurrection, by making present the mystery of Christ in the Eucharist, by reconciling us to God, and by bringing us into communion with God.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled the apostles and destroyed the barriers of fellowship by allowing Jesus’ followers to communicate God’s plan of salvation to people who did not share a common language. Language, culture, ethnicity were no longer barriers to fellowship.
The Holy Spirit guides, teaches, motivates and communicates to us God’s desires and instructions. The Holy Spirit is our link and connection to God; allowing fellowship between creator and creature. Consequently, now filled with the Spirit, we are drawn into fellowship with others who follow Jesus.
Grace, love, and fellowship are the fruits of being in a relationship with God, the triune, the fullness of three beings: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each expresses a definitive trait: Jesus shows the grace of God, the Father shows us love, and the Holy Spirit draws us into fellowship.
Three in one.
Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM
St. Francis of Assisi ANCC (Glen Ridge, NJ)