Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Holy Trinity, a doctrine enunciated by the ecumenical councils of Nicaea and Constantinople, is one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity and the greatest mystery of our Faith, namely, that there are Three Divine Persons, sharing the same Divine nature in one God. Three Person but one God and each Person is God, yet there is still only one God. (CCC #234, #253-256). The Father Creates, the Son Redeems and the Holy Spirit sanctifies and protects God’s creation which is redeemed by the Precious Blood of His Son.
The very word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. But the doctrine of the Trinity underlies all major Christian feasts, including Christmas, the Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter, the Ascension and Pentecost. All the official prayers of the Church, including the Holy Mass and the Sacraments, begin with an address to the Holy Trinity: “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are baptized, absolved of our sins and anointed in the name of the Blessed Trinity. We bless ourselves with the Sign of the Cross, invoking the Holy Trinity, saying “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.”
Today’s readings convey the fundamental mystery that the Triune God reaches out to people with love, seeking the deepest communion with them. The first reading, taken from the book of Exodus, describes how God revealed His name to Moses as “Yahweh,” which means, “I am Who am.” The passage also is as close as the Bible comes to giving a definition of God. According to that text, the Lord is “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” Every part of that statement stresses God in relationship to humankind, and it emphasizes especially God’s great love for us.
In the second reading Paul reminds the people of the Father’s love, the grace that comes through Jesus Christ and the fellowship or the unifying power of the Holy Spirit. The word “grace” refers to Divine favor. In Christ, God has shown favor toward us humans, a special care for us and a desire that through Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection we might find and enjoy a right relationship with God. We often use the phrase “the love of God” to describe our response to God and our duty to love God.
The Gospel is Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus where Jesus speaks about the Father who sent him and the purpose of sending Him into the world, which is to redeem the world and not to condemn it. The plan in sending His Son is that the whole world may believe in Him, living in a loving and faithful relationship with Him. Jesus says that the Father has given Him — the Son — all that He has and that Jesus, in turn, has given to the Holy Spirit all that He has received from the Father. In this we see the unity of purpose among the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.
The Feast of the Holy Trinity reminds us that we are created in love to be a community of loving people, just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in Love. From the day of our Baptism, we belonged to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How privileged we are to grow up in such a beautiful Family of relationship. Hence, let us turn to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in prayer every day, invoking Their guidance and blessings. We belong to the Family of the Triune God. The love, unity and joy in the relationship among the Father, Son and Holy Spirit should be the supreme model of our relationships within our Christian families. Our families become truly Christian when we live in a relationship of love with God and with others.
Next Saturday, at the 4:30 pm Mass and Sunday, at the 11:00 am Mass, 22 of our children will receive Holy Communion for the first time. I ask that you remember them in your prayers that these our children may continue to grow in love for the Eucharist and long for Jesus, the Bread of Life. Also, our much-awaited summer series talk is scheduled, and we begin the first talk on Sunday, June 18th at 9:15 am. Karlo Broussard will speak on the topic, “Your Truth, My Truth: How to Understand and Refute Relativist Thinking.” For more information about the summer series talks you may see the bulletin or call the parish office.