When some guests came home, a little child was once asked to make the sign of the Cross, invoking the name of the BlessedTrinity.
This little girl, with a gleaming smile and innocently looking at her parents, made the sign of the Cross with the words, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of St Anthony, Amen!!”
(The child had probably heard much more about St Antony than about the Holy Spirit)
Another child, during the time of Christmas was asked, “Who are the three persons of the Blessed Trinity”
Looking at the beautiful crib that was made at home, the child answered, “God the Father, Mary our Mother and Baby Jesus, our Saviour!”
In another incident, a child, after attending a prayer service, with various invocations especially to the Infilling of the Holy Ghost, had this doubt: “I don’t understand why the West Coast isn’t included too!”
When inquired what she meant, she added, “You know, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the whole East Coast.”
(The Holy Ghost had been misunderstood by the little child as Whole East Coast!)
Well, such simple misunderstandings are commonly seen among little children.
>> The truth, however, is that, when it comes to the Dogma of the Blessed Trinity, even elders are not spared of possibilities of similar misunderstandings.
The Dogma of the Blessed Trinity is indeed the most fundamental, yet the most baffling and confusing mystery of the Christian Faith.
However, we are encouraged by a great truth about this mystery…
• The mystery of the Trinity is more to be lived, than merely be understood
• The mystery of the Trinity is more to be encountered, than merely be grasped
• The mystery of the Trinity is more to be experienced, than merely be comprehended
Today we celebrate the Great Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.
This feast is celebrated on the Sunday, following the Feast of the Pentecost.
The encounter of the Holy Spirit, was a life-transforming experience for the Disciples.
• It brought about a huge upliftment in courage for their sagging and fearful spirits.
• It brought about a massive alteration of mind, to being bold and dynamic in their faith.
Along with this, it also brought in the tremendous experience of the Holy Spirit as a God!
This was something very new, strange and heart-experiential.
The disciples, as we know, were Jews.
Jews believed in strict monotheism – One God.
They professed this belief in One God, daily, by the ‘Shema Israel’, “Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is one God….” (Deut 6:4)
However, in Jesus, the disciples encountered a deep Divine experience.
On Pentecost Day, they also encountered a deep Divine experience in the Holy Spirit.
This tremendous experience, along with the grace of God, helped them to reflect on the many words and sayings of Jesus that pointed to the dimension of Three Persons in the One nature of God.
Thus, with gradual and deeper reflection on the words of the Lord, and the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples – strict monotheists – began to understand the mystery of God in a new light…
• God is One
• There are three Persons – the Father is God, the Son is God, the Spirit is God
• The Father is not the Son and the Spirit; the Son is not the Father and the Spirit; the Spirit is not the Son and the Father.
This Triune invocation was the way the Lord exhorted to Baptize disciples in all the nations, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28: 19)
The Dogma of the Blessed Trinity has proofs, explanations, rationalization and details in the Holy Scripture and the Teachings of the Church.
>> However, with all that, the Dogma continues to remain a mystery…
And this is the beauty of the Mystery of the Triune God…
… It is something to grow in, daily
… It is something to develop a deeper relationship, daily
… It something to be lived and experienced in practical life, daily
As Evagrius of Pontus, a Greek monk of the 4th century said: “God cannot be grasped by the mind. If God could be grasped, God would not be God!”
This is our Blessed Triune God…
… He escapes being subjugated to the prisons of the mind; instead, invites to forge a powerful bond with the heart!
… He gets away from being trapped in the intriguing theological explanations and philosophical reasoning; instead calls forth to form an everlasting covenant of love!
• Are we willing to grow in cultivating an intimate and close bond with the Triune God – the God of Love and Holiness?
• Are we willing to live the beautiful virtues of the Blessed Trinity – unity, self-giving, in our personal relationships with one another ?
Our whole world reflects the Triune nature of the Blessed Trinity…
• Water exists in three forms – solid as ice, liquid as water, gaseous as steam
(In physics, it is also proved that theoretically, water exists as solid, liquid and gas at the same time at something called the triple point – a temperature of 0oC or 273.16 K and at a pressure of 611.2 Pa)
• Sunlight displays a triune dimension – the substance of the sun, the heat, the light
• The universe consists of three things: matter, space, and time.
(Each one of those is itself a trinity.
Matter = mass + energy + motion.
Space = length + height + breadth.
Time = past + present + future)
• Human beings have a triple dimension, consisting of the body, the mind and the soul
The Trinity is everywhere!
>> The most important factor that is needed is that we need to grow in this awareness and deeper our love for Him!
May the Blessed Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit- helps us to grow in our intimacy and union and in turn, help to reflect His image to all people in our lives!
Happy Feast of the Blessed Trinity!
God Bless! Live Jesus!