Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


THIS Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity -- three Persons in One God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Father is wholly in the Son and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Son is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Son.” Thus the Church professes not three Gods but one God in three consubstantial persons.

The Nicene Creed speaks beautifully about what we believe in these three Persons. Because of the creed’s exactness in word and meaning, I chose to simply include it here verbatim: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

Yes, the Christian faith relies heavily on this doctrine. And just as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in perfect unity, the ultimate end for us believers is to enter and experience such a unity, that is, to commune with our One Holy God. That this can happen was proven by the very words of Jesus when he said, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23).

To love God by keeping his word is not always easy, but with God’s grace, all things are possible. This is possible because God loved us first. As this Sunday’s gospel tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18).

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 12, 2014.

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