In the NAME
Jun 23, 2019
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, this is the way we begin many of our prayers. It calls on the Trinity to be with us and to bless us. It is "in the NAME, not names, as we acclaim that God is one nature with three Persons. We know it is a mystery yet we strive to understand it to the best of our knowledge. As we do so, our human experience helps or gets in the way.
A catechism for first communion spoke about the Father, yet in an area were many children had poor images of their father as cruel, drunk, abusive, they could not relate to the Father in heaven and the catechism was abandoned as the teachers tried to get the image of Jesus as the brother, the kind one, the one you can call on and depend on. I remember some comments by our bible study group as we spoke of the Holy Spirit. For a number of them this was a new concept. They never thought of calling on the Holy Spirit, even though Jesus sent Him to us to teach us all things, to help us to pray.
For many Protestants, Jesus is the one they call on who is predominant in their prayers. Yet to many of them the Father and the Spirit have no real meaning in their life.
What is the best way to pray? The one that the Spirit calls to us. At one time it will be Jesus, another time the Father and, perhaps, during the life experience of the Church, it is the Holy Spirit.
We might take the doxology of the mass as a modal: "Through Him (Christ), with Him (Christ) and in Him (Christ), O God almighty Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor are yours forever and ever. Amen
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.