In his letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul ends with the salutation “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” We often hear these or similar words at Mass or other liturgical events, and we are very familiar with them, but do we ever reflect on the meaning of these words? These words, this prayer, demonstrate relationships, the way that our Trinitarian God relates to us. God the Father “loves His own in the world,” Jesus is very clear that the Father loves us and takes care of us. Grace flows from Jesus the Christ to us especially in the Sacraments and most especially when we receive Him in the Eucharist. The Holy Spirit is the source of fellowship or the love that we have with one another and aids us in our prayer relationship with God. So each person of the Triune God has a functional relationship in the way that we experience God in our lives which brings love, grace and fellowship present to us on a daily basis. Knowing this, whenever one makes the Sign of the Cross and says the prayer “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” take a moment to remember the relationships that we have with our God and be thankful for all that He provides.
Your servant in Christ,