THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion

June 11, 2017, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; Daniel 3:52-56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; John 3:16-18


The greatest mystery of our faith is the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity:

There is only One God, and in the One God there are Three Divine Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – the Triune God. This is an "absolute mystery," that is, one that we can only know because God revealed it to the human race.

We only know about the Holy Trinity because Jesus revealed the mystery of the Triune Divine Nature while He was on earth. Although God left traces of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation throughout the Old Testament, his inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery beyond human reason alone (and beyond Israel's faith) before Christ's Incarnation and the sending of the Holy Spirit (CCC 237).

The whole history of salvation is 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) – with the full and final revelation coming through the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ (see Gal 4:4). “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

The One-God selected which of their three Divine Persons to send to earth: Christ, the Eternal Word, the eternally begotten Son of the Father. Christ reveals the Father: "When you see me, you see the Father," says Jesus (Jn 14:9).

Jesus' perfect life and His Passion, Death, and Resurrection were the ultimate giving by God the Father of God the Son for the redemption of all who accept and follow Christ, through faith, Baptism, and discipleship.

Then, when the Son ascended to the Father in Heaven after His Resurrection, He and the Father sent the Holy Spirit – poured out at on the Church at Pentecost. Now, God the Holy Trinity continues to bestow his divine life upon us through the Sacraments. The co-equal, co-divine Father, Son, and Holy Spirit beckon us ever more deeply into the communion of love shared within the Holy Trinity.

Through our fidelity to Christ and His Church, may the Triune God continue to draw us ever more deeply into the divine life.

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