The Most Holy Trinity

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity is an integral part of our faith, the understanding of which is often under emphasized. Holy Trinity Sunday was introduced into the church by Pope John XXII in the 1300’s to honor the Trinity of Persons in God. Throughout the Scriptures we see various passages which bring out the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, their unity, and the various roles they fulfill to accomplish their will.

Ephesians 4:4-6 is one such passage; “There is one body and one Spirit, … one Lord, … one God and Father of us all.” As in this passage, an overriding characteristic of the Holy Trinity is their unity and oneness. The Holy Trinity is united in bringing about our salvation, as we see in Ephesians 1:1-14, and united in bringing about our unity and oneness. Interestingly, this unity and oneness of his Body is integral to advancing the Gospel. How scandalous it is for us who name the name of Christ, to live with, and in some cases foster ungodly divisions among ourselves.

The following quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals the importance of this oneness to the spread of the Gospel. “Thus the Church confesses, following the new Testament, ‘one God and Father from whom all things are, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and one Holy Spirit in whom all things are’. . . Hence the whole Christian life is a communion with each of the divine persons, without in any way separating them. Everyone who glorifies the Father does so through the Son in the Holy Spirit; everyone who follows Christ does so because the Father draws him and the Spirit moves him.”

How can we honor the Holy Trinity? First and foremost is by cooperating with the Trinity in the work of salvation. If we have ever held back a part of ourselves from fully believing and surrendering to Christ and his gracious offer of salvation for us, if we have consented only with our head and not our heart and will, we can honor the Holy Trinity by a simple prayer of surrender and welcome.

Those of us who have already done so, can pause and reflect on our previous commitment, asking the Holy Trinity to reveal to us areas where we need to conform to the Father’s will in different or deeper ways. Perhaps we can ask the Holy Spirit to show us how we might be more actively involved in the Trinity’s work of bringing the Good News of salvation to our world. In addition, we can pause to offer a special prayer of thanksgiving for the Holy Trinity’s presence in our life, and tell the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit of our love for them.

God Bless! Fr. Elmer