When we come to worship, we usually make the sign of the cross. The words that accompany this holy action, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” remind us that there are three persons in God. The feast of the Trinity is a celebration of the mystery of God as a family of love. We have not been left in the dark in our struggle to attempt to understand God. From what Jesus said and did while on earth, we can grasp little pieces of the innermost being of the mystery of God. Throughout his life, Jesus was forever talking about God as his father, and he referred to himself as God’s only son. He explained also that his mission was to do the will of the father. Jesus introduces us to the Spirit whom he talks about as being a real person, completely different from himself and the Father. The spirit’s job is to inspire people to continue in the church the work begun by Jesus and draw everyone into the love of God the father.
This feast reminds us of a simple truth which we often forget – God’s plan is that we share in his life of Glory. By our baptism we are raised to a level at which we become sharers in the family life of God. We are born of God the Father, God the Son becomes our brother and the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This revelation of his inner life of three persons, in which we have a share, is one of God’s greatest gifts to us and it is the model towards which all of us should aim and strive.
Jesus reveals the mystery of the Trinity to us, not just to let us know the truth about God, but also to know the truth about ourselves – as to what is our origin, where is our destiny and how we can arrive at that final point. We only exist, and the world only exists, because God gives life. He is the father who looks upon us as his children and is closer to us than we are to ourselves. Everyday is a day to love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit so we should strive to make the Holy Trinity a more practical part of our lives. Love is the binding force of the three persons of the Trinity, so when we love we share in the community of love which is the living God.
This celebration of the abundance of God’s love is an occasion for appreciating what God has done and continues to do for us. It calls on us to respond to the love of God, poured into our hearts by Christ and the Holy Spirit, and invites us to look forward to the day when we shall share in the glory of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Fr Peter Tipene