The Most Holy Trinity – June 11, 2017
By Father Thomas McCabe
It is good for us to pause and remember those who have gone before us. We remember and pray for them, and call to mind Jesus’ promise of eternal life for those who lived Jesus’ sacred words, “Do this in memory of me.”
At a farewell banquet, the Captain of a ship going off to war spoke to his family and friends. He spoke to them for a little over and hour, and they drank in every word for they realized the danger he soon would confront. They loved him and shared his thoughts and dreams of living life the way God intended. The Captain never returned from that last battle, but his words reverberate in the hearts of his loved ones. His family remembers his sacrificial love weekly at their family Sunday meal.
It is not hard to imagine the above scene, nor that Jesus’ closest disciples would remember his Last Supper Discourse. Yet, there is more than a human act of remembering since Jesus tells them: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth…he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15.
Jesus reveals that God is one, who lives in a holy communion of three divine persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three Divine persons who are infinite and equal in every way, but they are distinct. The Most Holy Trinity is the central doctrine of our faith because Jesus revealed to us that he is a Divine Person who is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
God is the Creator, and we read that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit worked together to bring about creation. We read in John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him, nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5.
This passage reveals to us that God is the Father and his Eternal Word is the Son. The love between them is the breath that carries eternal life, the light of the Holy Spirit that cannot be overcome by the darkness of sin and death.
God is the giver of natural and supernatural life, which is reflected in the three distinct human persons of a family: Father, Mother, and Child. For this reason Jesus and his Church upholds the truths of family life, especially as found in the Sacraments: the openness to new life in Baptism; the forgiveness of one another in Confession; the nurturing of mind, body and soul at the family meal – the Eucharist; the sharing of Jesus’ mission of love and truth at Confirmation; the commitment to unify God’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders (Priesthood); the sending forth of a loved one to God with the Anointing of the Sick and Dying.
Let us remember those that have gone before us who have lived a life of sacrificial love in Christ, that we might walk faithfully with God – the Most Holy Trinity.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Thomas McCabe