The Holy Trinity
Even the great theologians of the Church never claim to understand the mystery of the Trinity. For us who are not great theologians, it is possible to understand a small bit of this enormous mystery simply by listening to the readings that are given to us.
The first reading is from the Book of Deuteronomy and simply reminds us that God is God and way beyond anything that we can imagine. This God is also a God who chooses to reveal Himself to us. This is the glory of the ancient Hebrews, our ancestors in the faith. God chose them to carry His mystery to the peoples and among the peoples. God is God and this God has chosen to love His people and us, who are also His people.
The second reading is from the Letter to the Romans and clearly speaks of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We only know about this mystery because Jesus, in His life, speaks always of His Father; and at a certain point in his ministry begins to speak of sending His Spirit. If we listen attentively to the texts of the Gospels, it is clear that Jesus claims that He is the Messiah and that He and the Father are One. Jesus claims that He is God. So if we accept His claim to be God, then we begin to accept His word. It is His word that tells us about the Father and about the Spirit.
The Gospel today, from Matthew, gives us the command of Jesus to go and baptize in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew does not minimize the fact that all of the eleven apostles at that time still doubted. Nevertheless, they heard His words.
Today as we celebrate the Trinity and rejoice in God’s saving power, we are also told to go and proclaim the word of Jesus. That word is simple: God loves us and wants us to be with Him; God is Triune and can only be truly understood as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; God is love.
We might take some time today to be still in the presence of the Lord and hear His voice inviting us to share His life.
May God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit – bless you, all you love, and all who love you.