THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (YEAR C)

December 15, 2017frjohnma

Readings: Pro. 8:22-31; Ps. 8; Rom. 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

There are four major celebrations that highlight the centrality of our faith in God and they assist us to appreciate the goodness of God in our lives: the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the solemnity of Christ the King.

Today we have the great opportunity to reflect on the Most Holy Trinity. It is taken for granted that we believe in the existence of God, after all we were baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). So, we say individually the Creed, “I believe in God” and we are identified as believers. However, what we believe in and who He is needs further explanation. We need to understand God, in order to understand ourselves. Note we are created in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:26).

The Trinity is about what God is (nature – one) and who He is (Persons – 3, Father, Son and Holy Spirit). That our God is one being of three Persons. These three persons are not three Gods but they distinct as they are make up one God. It is about what we are to believe about God and how such belief should influence our actions. No doubt, the term Trinity is not explicitly found in the Bible, just as the term Bible is not explicitly found in the Bible, yet we accept all the contents of the bible. However, the Trinity was gradually revealed by God from the Old Testament as a communion or a unity of persons. For instance:

Gen. 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”

Gen. 11:7 “Come, let us go down, and confuse their language”

Num. 6:22-27: This communion of Persons also directed that the Priestly Blessing should be given in a triple formula: “The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

In the N.T. all the major events of the Lord like the Annunciation, the Baptism and the Ascension prove the reality of the Three Persons in One God. At the Annunciation, God the Father sends His angel to Mary, God the Holy Spirit overshadows her and God the Son becomes incarnate in her womb (Luke 1:35). At the baptism of Jesus, when the Son receives baptism from John the Baptist, the Father’s Voice is heard and the Holy Spirit appears as a Dove (Matt. 3:16-17). At the Ascension, Jesus gives the missionary command to his disciples to baptize those who believe, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). And St. Paul greets in a Trinitarian way, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14).

God is saying to us that He is ONE in nature, substance and essence. In His one nature He has revealed Himself in three ways: As a FATHER, as a SON and as The Holy Spirit. The first reading tells us something about the Father in the O.T. He creates and has created the world and all its inhabitants. The second talks about the redemptive power of the Son through the Father and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. While the Gospel emphasises the coming of the Holy Spirit to enable us to know the truth.

Application

  • Professing the Trinity – the sign of the Cross
  • Beginning and ending prayers in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Not in Jesus name (Wrong interpretation of John 14:14).
  • Living a Trinitarian life – being creative as the Father, being compassionate as the Son and sanctifying like the Spirit.

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