Holy trinity

The Holy Trinity: the nature of God | Lifestyles

The five central mysteries of the Christian faith are: the unity and trinity of God, the incarnation of Jesus, his death and his resurrection. A mystery is a truth whose comprehension can never be exhausted in this world. The nature of God is that He is the one and only God, while at the same time He is three Persons. This means, as the Church of Jesus teaches (CCC par. 222-227, 253), that we come to know the greatness and majesty of God by serving Him first. It means living in a spirit of thanksgiving for his blessings. It means “knowing the unity and true dignity of every human being created in the image and likeness of God”. It means using his creation in accordance with his will. It means trusting God in all circumstances, in the ups and downs of life. God is always present, loving us and calling us to be present to him. He is merciful and gracious, always faithful to his promises. He is the ultimate being from whom all being comes and on whom all being depends for existence. He is the truth that lasts forever, expressed in his wisdom. It is the love that is eternal. God is all in all and absolutely essential for the well-being and well-being of every human being in the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment. (CCC 205-221)

This Sunday, the Church of Jesus calls us to meditate on the one God who is also a Trinity of Persons: Father-Creator, Son-Redeemer and Holy Spirit-Sanctifier/Advocate. This is what distinguishes Christianity from all the religions of the world. Jesus revealed the activity of the Holy Trinity in our salvation. At the Last Supper, preparing His Apostles for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you to all truth. He will speak what he hears… He will glorify me… All that the Father has is mine; therefore I told you that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (Jn 16:12-15) There Jesus revealed the Holy Spirit as the third Person in the Holy Trinity. The Spirit glorifies Jesus, who glorifies the Father, who glorifies the Son. The Spirit personifies the love that the Father and the Son have for each other. Jesus revealed here that the Holy Spirit will guide his Church in teaching the truth that he passed on to his apostles for them to pass on to the end of time. The Holy Spirit inspires us to embrace Jesus as our Savior who, in turn, brings us to his Father to adopt us as his children through baptism into his Church.

In baptism, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, united in one God, come to dwell in the heart and soul of the newly baptized person. There the Holy Spirit cleanses the soul from sin, made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus, and restores it according to God’s original plan, namely to create a new nature, a sinless nature, of which the baptized person can enjoy. Thus God, by His Trinitarian activity, makes the newly baptized a co-heir of His Kingdom.

Meditating on God as a Trinity of Persons gives us a sense of wonder and awe at what He does for us individually, collectively and universally. Since God is a holy community of people, because he created us in his image, we are called to be a holy community. This is what Jesus calls his Church. The psalmist expressed this sense of holiness nurtured by the greatness of God when he prayed: “When I see your heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the stars which you have put in place… what what man for you to remember him… You did it a little less than the angels, and you crowned him with glory and honor. You gave him dominion over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet; all the sheep and the oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and everything that swims in the path of the sea. (Ps 8:4-9) God the Father has created the universe by the Son – His Word – by the power of the Holy Spirit. All scientists should recognize this as they try to deepen human understanding of the universe, which they can never intelligently explain without God. Without acknowledging God as the Creator of the universe, scientists, men and women, will impose their own finite perceptions, limitations and selfishness on their observations and conclusions.

The Word of God the Father became flesh in Jesus Christ as Savior of the world. Jesus accomplished salvation through his death, resurrection and ascension at the right hand of his Father. He and His Father sent the Holy Spirit of truth to encourage and endow His Apostles and their successors with the gifts necessary to lead His Church in the mission to evangelize and catechize all nations so that all may enter Heaven. Thus, the Church of Jesus will never stray from its truth despite the sin of its leaders and members. The Holy Spirit, guiding the young Church, inspired Saint Paul to write: “Since we have been justified by Faith (a supernatural virtue), we have peace with God (Father) through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have had access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God… We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that afflictions produce endurance, and the endurance, tested character, and tested character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, for the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Rom 5:1-5) God the Father through his Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit, gives us the three supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity which help us to transcend the weaknesses of our natural faith, hope, and love.

When you and I make the sign of the cross and bless each other, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, we are in fact participating in the life of the Holy Trinity. God the Father created us and holds us in the palm of his hand, God the Son redeemed us from sin and eternal damnation by accompanying us into his Church, and God the Holy Spirit purified us from original sin and deepened our relationship with Jesus as members of His Church. The Holy Trinity gives us a new identity, a new family, a new purpose, a new power, a new meaning, a new hope and a new destiny from the “one God and Father of all, who is over all and who works through all, and is in all” (Eph 4:6). May God the Holy Spirit bring you to God the Son, Jesus, who brings you to God the Father so you can bask in the love of the One True and Triune God, forever and ever. Amen!