Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. Our Gospel reading is John 3:16-18. John 3:16 may be the most well known Bible verse. Most people would at least claim to know the reference, if not what John 3:16 says. (By the way, it is “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” But you knew that, right?)
There is a passage in today’s second reading from 2 Corinthians 13 that I think more Catholics would know by heart than would know John 3:16. What could that possibly be? It’s the very last line in 2 Corinthians. St. Paul uses it as a farewell in his letter, but we hear it as a greeting from the priest at Mass. It reminds us of the Trinity. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
Catholics probably know a lot more Scripture than they think. That’s because the Mass is so filled with Scripture. Try this experiment. Ask a Catholic if they know 2 Corinthians 13:13. I’m guessing that 99.9% will say they don’t know it. Then give them the first line. I’ll bet that a large percentage will be able to finish the verse. That’s one of the great things about being Catholic! Scripture becomes part of us!
Father, may we go through our day with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Amen.