Thursday 26 February 2015

Trinity Sunday

The mystery of the Trinity: God is Father; God is Son; God is Holy Spirit. How do we understand this? Humanly speaking, we cannot fully explain the Trinity, since the Trinity is a mystery as the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the "hierarchy of the truths of faith". The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men "and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin". (CCC 234)" Moreover, "The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the "mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God". To be sure, God has left traces of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation throughout the Old Testament. But his inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel's faith before the Incarnation of God's Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit. (CCC237)"

Many of us often think of God as a distant and unapproachable God and not a person we can relate with. But the mystery of the Trinity gives us an opportunity to relate with God in three ways, because there are three persons united in one God. We are children of God the Father, as St. Paul in the second reading tells us: "The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory." We have Jesus, the Son of God, as our brother, and as our Saviour. Jesus is both God and man, and He gave up his own life on the cross to save us. Before Jesus left this world, He promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that dwells within us at our baptism and makes present the life of the Trinity in each person. God resides in each of us through the Holy Spirit.

And so we have the Trinity which is a very important mystery for us. Even though we may not fully understand this mystery, that is ok, since mysteries are not always easy to comprehend. It takes much time, faith and prayer to understand the mysteries of God, since our minds are limited. The Trinity is an example of perfect communion which we should learn to follow. By loving in a community, we would then be witnesses to others, that God is with us as a Trinity.

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