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|Posted on June 13, 2022 at 8:50 AM|
Monday Meditation – The Holy Trinity 6/13/2022
Yesterday was Trinity Sunday at my church. We celebrate the fact that we believe that God is Three in One.
This can be a challenging concept for us mere mortals to understand – anyone who has successfully conquered basic mathematics knows that 1+1+1=3. So it takes a bit of faith to believe in this concept of Three in One.
I came across a good explanation of the Trinity on the catholicculture.org website. It said: “The dogma of faith surrounding the Trinity is this: There is one God and in this one God there are three Divine Persons; the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. Yet there are not three Gods, but one, eternal, incomprehensible God! The Father is not more God than the Son, neither is the Son more God than the Holy Spirit. The Father is the first Divine Person; the Son is the second Divine Person, begotten from the nature of the Father from eternity; the Holy Spirit is the third Divine Person, proceeding from the Father and the Son.”
The mystery of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Spirit, is the mystery of God and as such cannot be fully comprehended by us humans. Rather, we accept this as part of the gracious revelation of God and respond in the way of Jesus: him we address as Lord; with him we call on the Father; from him we accept the Spirit.
Why do we believe in the Trinity? Matthew 29:19 says: “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.” Another passage from 2 Corinthians 13:13 has the apostolic benediction: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Thus, the New Testament establishes the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity.
There have been many images representing the Holy Trinity created over the years. In the chapel at my church, we have an icon based on the work of Andrei Rublev which portrays three Persons seated at a table. Another common image is that of an older man (God) seated with a younger man (Jesus) with a Dove (The Holy Spirit) floating above or between them. There are even graphic symbols placed in a triangle or circle (usually a crown, a cross and a dove). The image I have attached to this reflection came from catholicireland.net, and I really like it because although it shows Three separate persons, the images are overlapped into One God.
Today I encourage you to think a bit about God and the Three Persons of the Trinity. There may be one to whom you are drawn more so than the other, and I think that’s ok. Each Person in the Trinity can give us blessings! So let us praise and adore the thrice-holy God who has shown His mercy towards us and has given us to share in His life.
Have a blessed Monday!
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