The Holy Trinity is a mystery

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40

Moses said to the people: "Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the LORD, your God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever."

Romans 8:14-17

Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Matthew 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

There is a story about St. Augustine walking on a beach as he contemplated the mystery of the Trinity. He saw a boy digging a hole in the sand and going out to the sea again and again to bring water from the ocean to pour into the hole. The boy told St. Augustine that he was pouring the entire ocean into the hole. When St. Augustine said the whole ocean would not fit in the hole, the boy replied, “You cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain.” The story ends when the boy disappears and St. Augustine is said to have been talking to an angel. (The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine)

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. The Holy Trinity is a mystery that is beyond human comprehension. As Christians, we believe with faith in The Holy Trinity, one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is Jesus Himself who asks His apostles to believe, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me” (Jn 14:11) and He was in the glory of God the Father’s presence before the world began (cf John 17:5). Jesus also tells them about the Holy Spirit “whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all I have told you (Jn 14:26). Indeed, on the day of Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit in the form of “tongues as if of fire which parted and came to rest upon each of them” (Acts 2:3).

In the Gospel Reading of this Sunday, we hear that Jesus tells his apostles to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19). We who are blessed with the gift of faith to believe and who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation have been redeemed; our sins have been forgiven. We have become the adopted children of God (second reading). Jesus has His apostles teach us “to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:20). Now it is up to us to obey and live out faithfully what Jesus teaches us so that we can live in holiness and are worthy of being called the children of God.

As a profession of faith in our daily lives, outward signs are important. Would you consider making our faith more visible to other people by making the sign of the Cross in appropriate circumstances, for example in a restaurant before a meal? As we make the sign of the Cross, we are proudly telling others that we are Catholics and we believe in the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Posted: May 27, 2018

Shiu Lan

Shiu Lan is your Catholic neighbour with a simple faith and likes praying the Rosary. With a B.Sc from the University of Hong Kong, she worked in Information Technology and Project Management before working with joy at home.

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