Last Week we celebrated the powerful feast of Pentecost which was the culmination of the Easter Season. This week, the church celebrates the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity which is always observed on the Sunday after Pentecost. The Holy Trinity represents the Triune God (All three in one); The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While this concept might be hard to grasp, think of a shamrock leaf or even more locally, a paw-paw leaf; each petal on the leaf represents an entity of God. The top petal is God the Father and the other two petals represent Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Here’s hoping this clears it up!
The most inspiring mystery of the Christian faith is this, “God is absolutely one in nature and essence, and relatively three in Persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are really distinct from each other”, but these three are consubstantial, which means ‘of the same divine substance’.
In Matthew 6:9, “Our Father……..” this prayer reveals the Father. At the same time, in Matthew 3:17, the Father reveals the Son where he says, “This is my beloved Son. My favour rests on him”. In John 1:18, the Father and Son reveal their deep unity where it says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known”. And through the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit is sent to confirm this mystery, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me” – John 15:26. This is how the Holy Trinity came into being.
Let us also ponder on the opening line the priest says at the top of a Mass, “The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”, this line is linked back to scripture in 2 Corinthians 13:14, and this line links the Holy Trinity within the Holy Mass.
Now that we have made this 'topic' in the Christian faith a little clearer, let us remember that the Holy Trinity is One God with three distinct persons. To God be the Glory!