The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity … Sunday, May 26

Luca Rossetti da Orta, The Holy Trinity', fres...

Luca Rossetti da Orta, The Holy Trinity’, fresco, 1738-9, St. Gaudenzio Church at Ivrea (Torino).

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”John 16:12-15.

Three Persons, One God. It’s hard to understand. Difficulty does not disprove, it simply calls for faith.

In explaining the Trinity I’ve often wondered what might have happened had St. Patrick picked a four-leaf clover? 🙂 But that’s out of my hands. Probably it was out of Pat’s too.

St Augustine : Augustine and child
Augustine
and child

I’ve always liked the story of St. Augustine and the Child on the beach, the little boy who was moving the ocean one handful of water at a time. The picture is very childlike, isn’t it? The simplicity of a child gives way to the complexity of being an adult and thinking like an adult when Augustine told the boy that what he was trying to do was impossible. And of course the simple truth is that we can’t do certain things either. Like understand fully the Trinity and its implications. So why worry about it? I can’t run a three-minute mile either, or a one hour mile for that matter, but I don’t worry about it. Some things are better off left to the childlike simplicity of acceptance.

Without trying to really understand it the Trinity has, for me anyway, always been representative of family. Everything that proceeds from the Trinity makes me think of family.

The first thing God created was the angels. A spiritual family all His own. And then came a world meant to be populated by the human family. Everything seems to point towards family, a loving, binding relationship that in turn points back to the Triune Nature of God. Family.

Bl. John Paul II:Man’s need for truth and love opens him both to God and to creatures: it opens him to other people, to life “in communion”, and in particular to marriage and to the family. In the words of the Council, the “communion” of persons is drawn in a certain sense from the mystery of the Trinitarian “We”, and therefore “conjugal communion” also refers to this mystery. The family, which originates in the love of man and woman, ultimately derives from the mystery of God. This conforms to the innermost being of man and woman, to their innate and authentic dignity as persons.”

One more reason, no doubt, to believe that we are created in God’s image.

How do we celebrate something like the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity? Well, one way might be to take part in it. A good way to do that might be to spend time, loving time, with family. I think that by doing this we will give honor to God Who gave us the gift of our family, extended and otherwise, along with the gift of participating in His.

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