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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Cycle B

 

Readings: 1) Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40   2) Romans 8:14-17   3) Matthew 28:16-20

 

            The Catholic Church commemorates this Sunday one of the greatest days in the liturgical year. We, as Christians, are celebrating it here together. We celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, a mystery that is difficult to comprehend. Impossible, if not through our faith. This mystery is one of the most important of our Christian faith. It is the celebration, in essence, of the feast of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

For centuries the Church has taught that to try to decipher this mystery of Three Persons in One God is not advisable, especially if we put too much effort in trying to understand it completely. There are people who, while trying to solve this great mystery, search in the Bible, ask questions, investigate and, finally, tired out because understanding this mystery is too difficult, they leave the Catholic Church, at a great loss for them, since they already were in the only Church that possesses the fullness of the truths that Christ revealed.  They don't understand that simply because they aren't able to comprehend something doesn't mean that it is not true.

 

Whoever wants to understand a little about the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, should first ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom. And with his help they can begin to believe more in this great mystery that is so important for humanity.

 

We Christians who participate in the Holy Mass, can see that from the beginning of Mass when we make the Sign of the Cross saying, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," until the end when the priest gives us the final Trinitarian blessing, we constantly invoke the Most Holy Trinity. And in a special way, this is done in the Eucharistic Prayer. These prayers, that are said by the priest before and after the consecration, and that, by the way, are beautiful and deserve to be listened to attentively and meditatively, are directed to God the Father, through the mediation of Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. And it is in the Mass that the Christian gets to see, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Let us ask the Trinitarian God to strengthen our faith because without it, belief in this mystery is impossible, since this is a mystery of faith in the strictest sense. It is one of the hidden mysteries of God. And humanity should know that it will never be able to understand it completely. We can only believe in it.

 

Saint Augustine, a great theologian and doctor of the Church, wanted to know more about this ineffable mystery. The Lord gave this great saint, great wisdom. But after much thinking and reflecting, he came to the conclusion that the human mind is not capable of comprehending completely the immensity of God. Saint Augustine said that for a Christian to understand that God exists is not difficult but it is very difficult to understand that there are three Persons in One God. We cannot understand this vastness with our limited minds.

 

            Sisters and brothers, faith is not a work of the mind but of the heart.  And the Mystery of the Holy Spirit is not a question of knowledge but of faith.  Jesus Christ revealed to us the existence of the Triune God.  He prayed constantly to God the Father and He promised to send the Holy Spirit to His Church to sanctify her with the grace of God.  Before ascending into heaven, He told the apostles that they should go to all the nations evangelizing and baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Each Christian is baptized in the name of the Most Holy Trinity.  And when the life of that Christian ends and he or she leaves this earth, if he or she has tried to live a life close to the Most Holy Trinity, he or she will find in heaven the Triune God and will dwell forever in His presence