Monday, June 04, 2007

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Yesterday we celebrated the great mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, our One God in Three Divine Persons.

In the Old Testament (which I am going to teach this year) very strong emphasis is given on the truth that there is only one God. Surrounded by a culture that venerated many false gods, Yahweh revealed himself to Israel as the one true God, offering an intimate relationship of love to his chosen people. They no longer had to chase after many gods, appeasing and placating them with their offerings and incantations. Instead, they were to enter into Yahweh's covenant: "I will be your God and you shall be my people."

In the New Testament, Jesus reveals God as Trinity. This One God, this "I" after all is not just a single, isolated person but a community of eternal love: the Father eternally loving the Son, the Son eternally beloved by the Father and the Holy Spirit, the love between them so strong it is indeed another substance, another person. When God invites us to a relationship of love, he is inviting us to enter into this communion of the Trinity, to share in his divine life of love.

And so we praise, adore and love with all our hearts and minds the Most Blessed Trinity, our One God of eternal love, Three Divine Persons inviting us to partake in their perfect and eternal communion.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is not and will be forever! Amen.


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