Trinity Sunday

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  The Trinity is the central mystery of our Faith.  It is the most important mystery of our Faith because it is the mystery of Who God IS in Himself.  From all eternity, God exists as Three Persons in One God.  That is what we mean when we use the word Trinity.  We believe that God is Three Divine Persons in One God because that is how He has revealed Himself to us.

In the Gospel today, Jesus says that everything that the Father has belongs to Him.  By this statement, Our Lord’s is clearly claiming total equality with God.  Everything that the Father has, the Son has.  The Father possesses the fullness of divinity; therefore the Son also possesses the fullness of divinity.  In the Gospels, Jesus clearly claimed to be God and His hearers understood that that is what He was telling them when He made statements like the one we heard in today’s Gospel.  Jesus made many clear claims in the Gospel that He IS God.  If those claims were not true, then Jesus would be guilty of blasphemy, and according to Jewish law blasphemy was punishable by death.  That is why the Jewish leaders who heard Jesus’ teachings sometimes took up stones with which to kill Him because they understood that He was claiming that He was God and they did not believe in Him and they wanted to stone Him to death for blasphemy.  We, of course, know that Jesus Christ IS God.  He claimed to be God and He proved that claim by the many signs and miracles that He performed.  He proved His divinity by rising from the dead.

We profess our belief in the fact that Jesus Christ is truly God every Sunday in the Creed.  Every week we reaffirm our belief that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God: “God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, one in being with the Father.”  Jesus and the Father are one and yet they are not the same Person.  The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father and yet the Father and the Son are both one God: totally and perfectly one.  The same is true of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit is not the Father or the Son, but nonetheless He is really and truly one God with the Father and with the Son.  This reality can be difficult to grasp; it is a mystery that we will go on contemplating for all eternity in Heaven.  God has revealed Himself to us as a Trinity, and we accept His revelation in humility, realizing that we will contemplate God for all eternity and never fully comprehend Him because He is Infinite, and we are limited creatures.  We believe and accept God as Three Persons in One God, because God has revealed this Truth to us.

God has revealed Himself as Three Persons in one God because He wants us to know Him as He is.  This is not merely an abstract fact that we learn in Catechism and then ignore it because it has no impact on our lives.  Knowing that God is a Trinity also reveals something to us about ourselves because we are made in God’s image and likeness.  The Truth that God is Three Persons in one God reveals to us that God is love.  If God were only one person, He could not be love; He could only be a lover: because love is a relationship between persons.  There has to be more than one person in order for there to be love.  If God were only one Person, He could only love Himself: He could only have selfish love.  But we know that God existed from all eternity as Three Persons: from all eternity the Trinity exists as a community of love.  From all eternity the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father.  From all eternity the Holy Spirit proceeds from them both as the love of the Father and the Son for each other.  The Truth that “God is love” depends on the Truth that “God is a Trinity.”

Because our God exists as a community of love, and we are made in His image and likeness, we know that love is the highest meaning of life.  We are made in the image of God and God is love: therefore we are made in the image of love.  That is why Jesus Christ taught us that the greatest commandment is to love God above all things and to love others as we love ourselves.  Jesus is not imposing some law upon us: He is trying to get us to live the way that we were created to live.  The whole purpose of our lives is to be in relationship with God.  Why did God create us?  He created us to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him.  Loving God is the whole point of our existence.  The purpose of life is to know, love and serve God.  God loves each one of us more than we can ever imagine.  God loves each and every one of us, and He wants us to love Him in return with our whole heart.  If we do not put God first in our lives, we are not fulfilling the purpose for which we were created.  If God is not first in our lives, we will always feel empty inside.  Nothing in this world will ever make us content; we will always want more: our hearts are restless until they rest in God.  Nothing can satisfy our hearts except God alone.

The perfect model of putting God first is the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mary is the obedient daughter of God the Father; she is the perfect Mother of God the Son; she is the spotless spouse of the Holy Spirit.  Her heart was completely open to all that God wanted to do in her life and as a result she had true happiness: she is the most blessed among all women.  Let us all imitate Our Blessed Mother and have hearts that are open to all that God wants to do in us and through us.  Mother Mary, help us to love God above all things and others as ourselves out of love for Him.  O Mary Queen of all hearts, pray for us!  Amen.

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