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  • Father Simon Peter's    Weekly Message!

    My Dear People of God,

    Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
    The Solemnity of Pentecost that we celebrated last Sunday brought to an end to the Easter season and now we return to Ordinary Time. Our Mother the Church, in her wisdom invites us on the first Sunday after Pentecost, to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This is a celebration of the nature of our God. An appropriate question therefore is: What is the Trinity?
    To answer that question, I am reminded of a story of a Bishop who went to a parish to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Then, during the homily as he usually did, went down the aisle and asked those to be confirmed, some questions to ascertain that they were ready to be confirmed. He asked: What do Catholics do on Sundays? What are the seven sacraments, the Ten Commandments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit? All standard questions that students were expected to answer and they answered quickly. One student was particularly upfront in answering the questions. Then the Bishop decided to dig a little deeper and asked: “Can you please briefly explain the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Trinity (not the Cajun Trinity)?” After an uncomfortable pause, one student stood up, and said: “No, Bishop, I cannot. The Blessed Trinity is a mystery that we cannot explain!” She was spot on! We cannot explain the Trinity. One plus, One, plus One, plus One is equal to One, not three! The best we can do is to marvel!
    In chapter 11 of the Book of Job, the old man rhetorically asks; “Can anyone penetrate the deep designs of God?” God is eternal, infinite and uncreated. We on the other hand, are finite, created beings. To be able to fully know, comprehend and explain God, we would need to be eternal and infinite like Him. However, God has revealed Himself to us and so we can say, we know God. Part of that revelation is the nature of God as the Most Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  
    In the Catechism, we read that: The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons: [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] … The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God, whole and entire (Catechism, 253).
    There is one God and three persons, each of the three persons of the Trinity possesses the one divine nature fully. The Father is God; He is not one-third of God. Likewise, the Son, Jesus, is God; He is not one-third of God. And the Holy Spirit is God, not merely one-third of God. It is our human experience that if there is only one of something, and someone possesses it fully, then there is nothing left for anyone else. Yet mysteriously, each of the three persons of the Trinity fully possesses the one and only divine nature while remaining a distinct person.
    Our Catholic understanding of the Trinity is probably best articulated in the Liturgy of this Sunday and especially in the Preface of this Sunday’s Mass, which states:
    It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For with your Only begotten Son and the Holy Spirit you are one God, one Lord: not in the unity of a single person, but in a Trinity of one substance. For what you have revealed to us of your glory we believe equally of your Son and of the Holy Spirit, so that in the confessing of the true and eternal Godhead, you might be adored in what is proper to each Person, their unity in substance and their equality in majesty. For this is praised by Angels and Archangels, Cherubim, too and Seraphim who never cease to cry out each day as with one voice they acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy
    Wow! It’s a careful and clear masterpiece, but one that baffles the mind. So deep is this mystery that we had to “invent” a paradoxical word to summarize it: Triune (or Trinity). Triune literally means “three-one” (tri + unus), and “Trinity” is a conflation of “Tri-unity,” meaning the “three-oneness” of God.
    As we celebrate this great mystery of our God, instead of getting lost in wonderment trying to wrap our minds around the mystery of God, let us remember that God is our Father (our Daddy or Abba) and Jesus is our brother who is called Immanuel, God with us, and that nothing can separate us from his love except sin, and that God is also the Spirit who helps us in our weakness. As well as praying to Jesus it would be good to pray also to our Father whom Jesus called Abba or Daddy, and to pray to the Spirit asking for help in our weakness. Since we have a God is a Father, and Jesus the Son who is Immanuel, God with us, and the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness, let us continue to turn to God in our times of need.
    God bless you.
    Fr Simon Peter