Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As human beings, we need one another. We are united as God's children. As such, we do well to understand that being a beloved child of God the Most High, we are called to seek a holy and lifegiving relationship with God and one another. Since each of us have been created in the image and likeness of God, we are able to be a sacred reflection of the Most Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today's Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates the most powerful mystery of who God is as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Secondly, today reminds us of the relationship God shares with us, His beloved children.
There has been a lot written about the Most Holy Trinity throughout history. Many theologians, philosophers, and grandmothers tried explaining or describing the Most Holy Trinity and our relationship to God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Whether through written word or through art, we have tried to communicate and comprehend this most heavenly mystery. Unfortunately, our human language and mind has limitations. St. Augustine of Hippo tried to explain and decipher the Most Holy Trinity. There is a story that St. Augustine was walking on the beach contemplating the mystery of the Trinity. Then he saw a boy in front of him who had dug a hole in the sand and was going out to the sea again and again and bringing some water to pour into the hole. St. Augustine asked him, "What are you doing?" "I'm going to pour the entire ocean into this hole." "That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made" said St. Augustine. The boy replied, "And you cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain." The story concludes by saying that the boy vanished perhaps because he was an Angel. The point is that our brains are too small to comprehend God completely.
Does our "smallness" mean that God is unreachable and unapproachable? While we cannot completely understand God, Sacred Scripture and through the teaching of Jesus, God has revealed to us that He is Trinity. God is all about relationship and He wants to share this relationship with us. Of course we sin and therefore distort our ability to experience God's love. Yet God has gone out of His way to ensure that we can still seek Him with a sincere heart if we so choose. God sent His Son Jesus to restore what sin destroyed. We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
In baptism, we are made God's beloved children in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism, we are united to God and to each other. The Most Holy Trinity is a communion of selfless love between Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through the Most Holy Trinity we are show the selfless love that we are called to have for each other. We are made to love and the love between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit shows us how to love.
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Fr. Don Kline, V.F.