A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
December 14, 2019
NOTES FROM LINDA ARNOLD
June 9, 2017
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Throughout time, people have looked for ways to help us understand this sacred mystery of three persons in one God. St. Patrick used the image of a shamrock showing three leaves on one stem. Others have suggested the apple—peel, flesh, and core—all intrinsically part of the apple with distinct characteristics. These are both helpful in that they create images in which we can use to explore this mystery of faith. Mysteries become more challenging in our age than in that of the first disciples of Jesus who understood the world largely through faith.
Today we seek to understand
the world through science—measurable, verifiable, and logical. These methods serve us well to understand much about the world in which we live. Perhaps the problem with this scientific approach is that the Holy Trinity is not
within the realm of the created world. A more helpful way to approach some understanding of the Trinity might lie within the world of relationships. Consider your most important relationships within your family. These relationships are organic—ever changing and growing, ever present even when we cannot see, hear or touch one another. These relationships help us to understand ourselves and our place in the world. Sometimes they are comfortable and loving, sometimes damaged or hurting. That is part of the human experience due to our own brokenness. In today’s reading, St. Paul provides a way for us to understand the relationship within the Trinity extended to us. He says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” As Catholic Christians, we come to know Jesus through the grace of baptism, community, family and more. Throughout his life on earth Jesus showed us the love of God in many ways as he healed, taught, prayed with and for us, and gave his life for us. Knowing our human need for God’s love and presence Jesus promised the intimacy of the Holy Spirit. As Catholics these words of St. Paul continue to form us today. This is often the greeting that begins our community prayer. Bask in the love of the Trinity!