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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Jun 12, 2020
| faith, God the Father, God the Son, God's grace, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, Jesus, love of God, Mass readings, reflection
|Szymon Czechowicz / Public domain|
1st Reading: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
Resp. Psalm: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Gospel: John 3:16-18
God is Love. Jesus, God's only Son is Love and the Holy Spirit is Love. Jesus revealed to us while he was on earth that God is three in One. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Now in technical theological language, we say that the Holy Trinity is made up of three persons, but only one God (and Jesus is a Divine Person, while we are human persons). When we recite the Nicene Creed later on we confess: I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD. Now can we say that there are three parts to this one God? No. Can we say that God the Father is #1, God the Son is #2 and God the Holy Spirit is #3? Well, God the Father created the world, so He's got to be #1, right? God the Son lowered himself to become man and His Father sent Him, so he has got to be #2. Right? And God the Holy Spirit, well we can't even see Him, so he must be #3? No. We shouldn't even try.
When we try to make sense out of the Holy Trinity, we begin to talk gibberish. We cannot possibly explain to a logical, even human satisfaction that God is both Three and One. But our faith helps us to believe and our faith is a gift from God.
What DO we know about the Holy Trinity? Well, God the Father sent His Son Jesus into the world to save it and Jesus sent His Holy Spirit into the world after He ascended into Heaven. We know that the relationship between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is one of deep intense love, too magnanimous, too marvelous to describe or even comprehend; that the three persons of the Holy Trinity are absolutely madly in love with each other; and that, the Holy Trinity dwells in each and every one of us.
By reason of our existence, the Holy Trinity dwells in each and every one of us which is why Jesus could say whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do to me. And, that we should also love one another as Jesus has loved us.
The greeting that can be used at the beginning of Mass "The GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH YOU ALL" tells us something about the Holy Trinity. Total revelation of the Trinity begins with the grace of Jesus which has announced the LOVE OF GOD the Father. This was done when God the Father sent Jesus to save us from our sins by dying on the Cross. But this would be too lofty too and incomprehensible for us to even grasp if we were not given the COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Because the Holy Spirit introduces us into the depths of God, which He alone knows. In Jesus's absence after his Ascension, we have the Holy Spirit, the Consoler to teach us. We shouldn't worry that we don't understand this completely, nobody does. We just need to believe. And the Holy Spirit will help each and everyone of us to believe when we ask for His help. But we must be ready when we ask -- help will come -- perhaps in a way we might not expect!
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD