Gospel Acclamation: Rev 1:8
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the God who is, who was, and who is to come.
On the feast of the most Holy Trinity we read from the Gospel of John. It is quite interesting that the word “Trinity” is not mentioned at all in either the Old or the New Testament. Trinity comes from a Latin-based word meaning the number three or triad. Although in the New Testament there are many texts that speak of God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; there is never a direct reference to the Trinity.
Today’s reading is where Jesus, the Son, is speaking making references to the Spirit and to the father. There is a dynamic relationship between each of the three persons that the Trinity represents, and it is expressed in a variety of ways throughout the various different scriptural passages. Today’s particular gospel from John gives us a hint of the relationship that will be explored for many centuries.
The passage today we experience the notion of the “Spirit of Truth” rather than the “Holy Spirit” that we all are very familiar with. This Spirit of Truth has a particular task that is bestowed upon them, which is to guide the disciples through the truth—bringing to them the message that is heard from the Father, Son, and Spirit. The Spirit of Truth also functions to glorify the Son—and to then take from the Son, whom has everything the Father has—declaring it all to the disciples—HOW WONDERFUL!
We run into problems is the fact that we are given several different reference points to try and explain the Trinity. One of the most popular is the shamrock—followed closely by the image relation of using the sun. God is of course more than a leaf on a clover, and more than the sun [Father the sun itself, Son is the light, and Spirit the heat]. No matter what image that you use, all of the references lack in some way, creating an incomplete and problematic approach to trying to explain the presence of the Trinity. It is, of course, best to go back to the Scripture for the understanding.
Everything of the Fathers is mine—and from mine will be given unto you!
Focusing on the Gospel today we see that the three people are relational. The Son have obtained everything from the Father, while the Spirit functions as a commutator relaying the message of fullness and unity of the Father and Son. Within God there is shown a completeness, and a relationship between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. We see that all are necessary to complete the outpouring of everything among them. Because we are made in the likeness of God, we are called to participate in this community. To pour everything from within—to be then filled with the mercy, forgiveness and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the readings we are introduced to a figure of “Lady Wisdom”. In the first reading the Lady sings a song of self-revelation. This hymn tells us of a long-lived relationship that developed over time. It was a relationship of Joy. It is a complete relationship that is of mutual respect. It is a relationship of dependence. It is a humble gift that should be met with humility and JOY!
O Lord our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
Taking a look at this mystery we can see that it is nearly impossible to fully understand it. The mystery of the Trinity is not something we can understand in this world, and we should not try to understand it. We should engage in a deeper relationship to get to know God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. There is no distinct answer that can ever be given, but then why would you want to solve that mystery. By maintain the mystery of the Trinity we care thus called into a developing relationship. We can be continually filled with wonder and LOVE!
Let us take His message out and breathe new life among all God’s disciples.
St Maximilian Kolbe, PRAY FOR US!
Deus lo Vult!