As I began reflecting on this upcoming Sunday’s Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, words that Bishop McElroy spoke at his installation came to mind. He spoke of “the grace of mutual accompaniment.” In my mind, the Holy Trinity appears to be a perfect reflection of the grace of mutual accompaniment. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, though distinct are one – united in love, eternally.
We are all challenged and called to unite as one body. We are called to love one another as the Father has loved us. We are called to walk with one another as Jesus walked with us, and to break with one another the Bread of Eternal Life. We are commissioned to do so with the fire of the Spirit. And it is in the everyday practical applications of accompanying one another that we are most challenged.
Walking with one another requires effort and sacrifice, particularly in living out the Corporal and the Spiritual Works of Mercy. But then, the effort and sacrifice can bring us to a greater good. Walking with one another as companions on a journey of faith will lead us to the truth and joy of the Gospel by the grace of, and in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.