Fr Vincent's reflections on Holy Trinity Sunday 2021
Jesus had revealed to us that the One, True God is actually a Trinity of Persons. This will always be a truth, a mystery, beyond human understanding. Our ONE God, who is also Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, wants to have a personal relationship with each of us, so it is good to know God as three persons and have a prayerful relationship with each person. This weekend, the Church invites us to reflect on how we connect to the Holy Trinity.
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Most Holy Trinity (May 30, 2021)
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen.
The Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Love of God the Father,
and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. R/. And with your spirit.
On this Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, 2021, let us pray:
God our Father, who by sending into the world
the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification
made known to the human race your wondrous mystery,
grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith,
we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory
and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. R/. Amen.
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The Gospel today is Matthew 28:16-20.
✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
The Gospel of the Lord. R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ has revealed to humanity that the One, True God is actually a Trinity of Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For all the mysteries of the universe, this is clearly the greatest. Scholars have opined that even in Heaven, when we see God face-to-face, we will not “understand” the Trinity. So, we are moved by Faith to accept that One God is Three Divine Persons.
We think of persons as individuals, so, of course, we picture God as three beings, but they cannot be as distinct as human imagination pictures them. I am not going to try to explain it – I never would succeed. So, let’s just accept that we see in our mind more of the “Three Persons” than the One God, but still accept as Faith that Father, Son, and Spirit are really ONE!
Sometimes when we address “God” in prayer, we might be thinking that we are talking to the Father as a single person. Because there are times when our prayers are specifically directed to Jesus; we even picture Jesus in our mind while offering those prayers. And, as we did on Pentecost, we can focus our thoughts and prayers on the Holy Spirit (even if we might not know how to picture him!) as directly as we focus on Jesus. But then, if “God” equals “Father,” we kind of leave out Jesus and the Holy Spirit out of God!
What I am getting at is being more conscious of praying specifically to each Person of the Trinity. So, say “Father,” or say “Jesus,” or say “Spirit.” Develop a comfortableness speaking to each person, and feel their unique activity within your life. We can address prayers directly to “God” as well, don’t get me wrong, but then it should be an equally conscious choice that I am speaking to the Trinity as a whole. Because even thinking of God as the Trinity is having that personal relationship, but with all of them simultaneously.
This has been a great source of comfort for me in my personal faith and spirituality, so I like to pass it on. I have a relationship with each Person of the Trinity, and I have a relationship with God as the Trinity. There are times when I need them all. Or I need the words of guidance from Jesus, or I need the inspiration of the Spirit, or I need the protection of the Father. Being as specific as possible makes each of my prayers so much more fulfilling and worth all the time and effort. Don’t short-change yourself on all that God, Father, Son, and Spirit provide just because trying to understand “One God in Three Persons” leaves you more confused than comforted!
Celebrating the Trinity is a chance to grow in our appreciation of this supreme mystery of Faith and a chance to deepen our relationship with them all. After all, this is what Jesus reveals to us: God wants a personal relationship with His people. He wants no distance between us as His creation because there is no distance between the Persons of the Trinity. And we are made in that likeness – eternal souls meant to be intimately connected to each other. If we can develop a heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul relationship with the Three Persons of God, then He will certainly help us to develop heart-to-heart relationships with our fellow human beings, all of them our brothers and sisters. This will be the true way to celebrate the Holy Trinity – Their unity inspires us to seek unity within the family of humanity itself, no longer focusing on differences but on each other’s uniqueness that is worth the time and effort to experience and appreciate. May the Father, Son, and Spirit renew us in our call to become One with each other!
And now, the final blessing.
The Lord be with you. R/. And with your spirit.
May the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, ✠ and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever. R/. Amen.