SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

 “But when the Spirit of truth comes … He will glorify Me since all He tells you will be taken from what is Mine. Everything that the Father has is Mine; that is why I said: All He tells you will be taken from what is Mine” (John 16: 13, 14-15)

 

We celebrate today the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity has been a subject of contention, controversy and heresy down through the ages. It has still continued to court these un-mutual alliances even to this day. The reason for this is not far-fetched: the Trinity tries to answer the question: “Who is God?” or “What is the nature of God?” It seeks to unravel the essence of the being of God. We have to admit here that as long as man continues to speak of God in human language without a deep sense of humility, without claiming or assuming that he knows God in totality or that God should be known in His totality, these elements of disagreements always stand out dominantly. The Trinity is not primarily a concept to be understood, but a reality to be worshipped. In other words, it is a mystery. An article of faith – to be accepted as certain even though we cannot see (Hebrews 11: 1). On this subject of its incomprehensibility, the Catholic Catechism has this to say: “The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the “mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God.” It goes on to say:  God’ s “inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel’s faith before the Incarnation of God’s Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit” (CCC. 237).

So what do we have to learn from the Most Blessed Trinity? The first image that comes to mind is that of the family. The Trinity of Persons can be likened to the family in its nuclear form – the Father, Mother and children, where the children are the manifestation of the love between the husband and the wife. From here we can draw some lessons for nurturing the family. The divine bond of the Trinity is sustained by perfect love and obedience. The family should be a sanctuary of love and obedience exhibited in the loving obedience between the spouses, flowing down to the children, and flowing back from the children to the parents. As we celebrate the “Day of Life” with focus on domestic violence today, we should bear in mind that the imitation of the love of the Blessed Trinity is the strongest and the most sustainable antidote to domestic violence. The equality of the Persons of the Trinity offers a significant challenge to our world, the Church, families and individuals. With so many and complex divisions, intolerance and discriminations every facet of our society today cries out for fair treatment, justice for all and equality. On various occasions, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are seen to be at work together, sharing the same project and mission. This turns our attention to collaborative ministry, division of labour, principle of solidarity, cooperation and complementarity. All these can only come through sincere search openness to love, humility, forgiveness and faith in the God, Who is Three in One. May the grace of God save us from being asked, like Philip: “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?”