Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Church sets aside this Sunday tofocus our attention on the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, God who is one, but three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The first reading from Deuteronomy emphasizes both God’s awesome greatness and amazingnearness. It might seem beyond belief, but the God of all creation speaks to us, protects us, andguides us. The second reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans describes how we are torelate to the three persons who are one God. We are led by the Spirit to meet God the Father asadopted children. Our adoption is such that we are even heirs with our brother, Christ, thesecond person of the Trinity, in whose sufferings we must also share. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesusspeaks with his authority as God and sends us to teach and baptize in the name of the Trinity.
The Trinity is the central mystery of our faith. We believe that God is one, yet three: total unityand rich diversity. God is not a monolith, but a dynamic community of persons, a perfect, lovingharmony of three. And the liturgy is the work of the Trinity. We begin all our liturgicalcelebrations with the sign of the cross, a reminder of our Trinitarian baptism, and the simplest ofall professions of our faith. We believe that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we gather inthe name of this triune God. Throughout the Mass, we address our prayers to God the Father,through Christ our Lord, in the Spirit’s power. And the Father hears our prayer, transformingbread and wine into the Body and Blood of his Son by the Holy Spirit. The Church is “thesacrament of trinitarian communion” (Sacramentum Caritatis, 16).
It is the Trinity who holds us together as well. In the words ofSaint Cyprian, we are “a people made one by the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”(quoted in Sacramentum Caritatis, 16).
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