Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Gospel is taken from the final verses in Matthew’s Gospel. It is the well-known (at least to Christians) commission of the Apostles to go out to preach to all nations and to Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Jesus is also attesting to the Trinity.
The Trinity… one God, three Persons… a Mystery. It is a Mystery that totally defies human comprehension, a Mystery that is not to be solved, but pondered. It is a mystery of who God is, and God is too great for our human minds to fully comprehend. If we try to define our Triune God or to describe Him, we try to limit a limitless God. It can’t be done, at least not in this life, but in the next perhaps, when all will be revealed to us.
We cannot ignore the Mystery of the Trinity because it is one of the foundational truths of our faith. Our belief in Jesus as God’s consubstantial Son and our understanding of the Holy Spirit would be flawed without our belief in the Trinity.
If anything, the Mystery of the Trinity communicates to me that God is a family, a family so closely united that although they are three persons, they are one God. Oneness is not only a vital characteristic of God, but God wants us to share that oneness with Him and with one another. It is in His overflowing love that God wants us to be a part of His Family of Love.
Today as we celebrate the Eucharist, we have an opportunity to come to a better experience and understanding of God’s love more fully.