The year is 2022 — A Clean Slate — Our gift! Sad to see Christmas go so soon as many traditional Catholics take down their Christmas decorations now that the 12 Days of Christmas are over. However, according to the Catholic liturgy, we still celebrate; the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday. So Christmas is still very much a part of our reflections, as it should be!
We are already on the 8th day of the New Year, which reminds me of a clean slate, but numbers also; days and year. My favorite number is number three.
Why may you wonder?
The number three is significant in the life of the Supernatural, along with the number seven.
Consider the Trinity, One God in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Father the Creator – Son the Redeemer – Holy Ghost or Spirit – our guide and Sanctifier. “And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one.”
1 John 5
“And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.” 1 John 5;8
The Holy family on earth consist of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Thinking of what we know of the life of Christ, He was lost for three days, and His parents found Him in the Temple, teaching.
Continuing reading for more threes
Jonas was in the whale’s belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” Matthew 12
“For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18
“We heard him say, I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another not made with hands.” Mark 14
“And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.” Luke 2
“They, therefore, that received his word, were baptized, and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2
“And behold, immediately there were three men come to the house wherein I was, sent to me from Caesarea.” Acts 11
“And Paul, according to his custom, went in unto them; and for three sabbath days he reasoned with them out of the scriptures:” Acts 17
“And entering into the synagogue, he spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and exhorting concerning the kingdom of God.”
“And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13
Meditating on the mysteries of the passion of Christ, He was judged by three judges, nailed on the Cross with three nails, one in each wrist, and one large nail on both feet. Three crosses on the hill, He died at 3:00 after three hours and rose from the dead on the third day.