Weekly Reflections for June 4, 2023
The Holy Trinity is right in front of us, yet it remains one of the most mysterious characteristics of God. At the beginning and end of virtually every prayer and in every liturgy, we invoke the Trinitarian formula: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” But for most of us, the question of how God could exist in three distinct Persons is still partially unanswered.
Such is our Faith. In Christ, in the Scriptures, and in the Church, God has revealed everything we need to know to live in His love. As for the rest, like the Eucharist and other mysteries, we take it in faith. We know what Jesus taught is true because He is Truth. So, we believe without having seen, and we profess this faith in our Creeds.
Take the Nicene Creed for instance. We know from revelation that the Father and the Son are consubstantial, i.e., they are of the same substance, the same essence: Divine. We know too that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, proceeds from both the Father and the Son. Each One is God, Who existed before the beginning of time. And today, each Person, being distinct from Each Other, has a role in our salvation. They are Our Creator, Our Savior, and Our Sanctifier.
Life can be complicated. And when you think about it, so can God. We may never comprehend what the Holy Trinity really is or even looks like until we get to heaven to see everything for ourselves. But until then, God’s plan continues to unfold before us. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are working in our lives to make us saints. Together, they want to give us the life our hearts–and our souls–truly desire.
God is incredible. While it might seem impossible to understand His mysteries, His love is something we can experience for ourselves. Keep the faith! Kindle it in prayer, worship, and kindness. And keep the Trinitarian formula on your lips, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Together, they are moving us toward greatness.
“We praise the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit of God.”
–Ancient Christian prayer said when lighting a lamp in the evening
By Chris Brooks