Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
In this Year of Faith, we contemplate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity with greater intensity. Let us begin by quoting from the preface of today’s Mass: ‘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.’ In this we touch the heart of our Christian faith and the central question for St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘What is God?’ He is the Creator and merciful Father, the Only Begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, who suffered on the cross, died, and rose from the dead, and he is the Holy Spirit, the love of God, three Divine Persons, one in nature.
The Most Holy Trinity, however, remains, and will always remain a mystery to us until we see God as he truly is in the glory of heaven. A mystery, however, is not something which must leave us wondering from the outside, but a mystery is an invitation to enter into. We must spend time contemplating the Most Blessed Trinity. One way which can help to do this is to think of the day of our Baptism, the single most important day in each of our lives. We read in the second reading today: ‘the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us’ (Rom 5: 5). On the day of our Baptism, the Blessed Trinity takes up his dwelling place in our souls. The character of our souls changes and we become children of God. Because of this indwelling of God in us, we are not our own person, as St. Paul reminds us in the first letter to the Corinthians: ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own: you were bought at a price. So glorify God in your body.’ (1Cor 6: 19-20). Therefore, we must give glory to God in our way of life. Our faith in God must impact our lives and draw us to do good works.
Another simple way we can come to contemplate the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity is to think of what we are doing each time we bless ourselves. We do this so often during the day, but do we allow this action to do as it is supposed to do, to draw our minds to God. Each time we make the sign of the Cross we should contemplate, even if only for a moment, God’s name in which we were baptised. Blessing ourselves should draw our minds to God as we begin our prayer, it should focus our minds on Him to whom we turn in prayer. In this simple gesture we turn our heart to the Heart of God, as Pope Benedict Emeritus said on his visit to the UK, that: ‘Cardinal Newman’s motto, Cor ad cor loquitar, or “Heart speaks onto heart”, gives us an insight into his understanding of the Christian life, as a call to holiness, experienced as a profound desire of the human heart to enter into intimate communion with the Heart of God.’ We can come to this encounter by stopping for a moment to think of what we are doing each time we make the sign of the Cross.
Finally, let me finish with a quote from Pope Benedict Emeritus in a homily he gave on the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity in 2008: ‘On this Solemnity, the liturgy invites us to praise God not merely for the wonders that he has worked, but for who he is; for the beauty and goodness of his being from which his action stems. We are invited to contemplate, so to speak, the Heart of God, his deepest reality which is his being One in the Trinity, a supreme and profound communion of love and life. The whole of Sacred Scripture speaks to us of him. Indeed, it is he who speaks to us of himself in the Scriptures and reveals himself as Creator of the universe and Lord of history.’
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”