I loved all three readings at Mass yesterday, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, and while I was reflecting on them before Mass began, I realized how they could all relate to my vocation of being a wife, and guide me on a way to become a better & holier one…
In the first reading, we heard:
“Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai
as the LORD had commanded him,
taking along the two stone tablets.
Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there
and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord,
do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
and receive us as your own.” EX 34:4B-6, 8-9
This reading gives me an idea of who God is: He is our Lord. He is merciful. He is gracious.
I was just praying the other day and saying to God, “I don’t know You as well as I wish I did… Help me to know You better,” and then came along this reading. Not a coincidence. 😉
When we know our Lord, we can know ourselves better — who we are, what we’re here for, what we’re made for, etc.
And when we know those things, we can love better.
So my take away from this first reading: that God tells us — and sometimes shows us — who He is. We only need to have our eyes, hearts & minds open, to see Him. He also gives us the model of how we should be living our lives as Christians — practicing mercy, patience, kindness, and faithfulness. These things are pertinent to every Christian life, and they’re pertinent to our vocation as wives.
As we get closer to starting the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena in just a few days, a prayer that we pray so that we can conform our hearts to Jesus, I’m reminded in this first reading that we should strive to be just like Jesus. I think it’s easier to do that when we’re given specific qualities that we can try to emulate like we are given in this reading.
The second reading also gave me a prompting for how to work on my marriage this week. In the second reading, we heard:
“Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” 2 COR 13:11-13
We’re called to work on ourselves, to become better versions of ourselves — to ‘mend our ways,’ and to encourage our spouses to do the same. We are called to get them to Heaven, after all! So we all have a little pruning to do… but don’t get too down on yourself or your spouse about it — instead, we have to encourage each other in this journey! It is hard enough.
That’s where a “holy kiss” comes in, right? 😉
And lastly, today’s Gospel:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” JN 3:16-18
This reading goes to the heart of our Faith… and it should also go to the heart of our marriage. Our vocation is about getting to Heaven, being united with our Lord and Jesus Christ. We need to have three in our marriages — not just the two of us, husband & wife. God has to be at the center. We need the Trinity, and the Trinity has to become the third being in our marriage.
“Whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” To me, this means that we are to help ourselves and our spouses have greater faith.
How can we do that on the daily? We can go to Mass more often. Pray together more. Reflect on the life of Jesus. Pray the Rosary (or a novena!). Start each day with a morning offering. And, of course, choose to love each day, and practice our patience, kindness, and mercy with our husbands.
“Love is trinity… Two glasses that are empty cannot fill up one another. There must be a fountain of water outside the glasses, in order that they may have communion with one another. It takes three to make love.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen