Our homily today is sponsored by the number “3”.
I am sure many of you have seen the commercial that is currently out for the GMC SUV’s. It goes like this: “The rule of three states that things that come in 3’s are inherently more appealing than things that don’t. We couldn’t agree more.” Then it shows the Yukon, Acadia, and Terrain. Then it concludes: “3 SUV’s, one GMC.”
In the Bible the number plays an important role. Some famous numbers would be 3, 12, 24, 144,000, and let’s not forget 666. The number 3 plays a very significant role. The number 3 is mentioned all through the Bible.
Just to name a few: in the Old Testament there are three archangels mentioned by name: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. St. Matthew writes, “for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. St. John writes, “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are in agreement.