A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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Ministry & Life Perspectives
August 8, 2020
A Trinitarian Model
May 28, 2015
Today our Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. A solemnity ranks among the highest of celebrations in the Catholic Church followed by feast days and then memorials. Celebrating the Trinity is indeed a high ranking celebration for it speaks to the mystery of three persons in one God.
I remember as a child having three wooden matches lit, each producing their own flame, then the teacher bringing the three together to burn as one flame. This was in an effort to teach about the Trinity. Even as an adult it can be difficult to understand the profound mystery of three persons in one God.
We know that each of these three persons play a distinct role and have a distinct character. In the simplest terms, God is understood as Creator and Father, Jesus as the Savior of the World and the Son and the Holy Spirit, just that; a sacred presence or spirit with us always as Jesus promised.
I like the model shown here to teach about the Blessed or Holy Trinity. As you read through it, it makes clear:
The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Go a layer deeper and it reads: The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God.
The Triune nature of God is a model to the world of how we need to live in community with one another: understanding that each person has been blessed with a certain character and gifts and is to be respected and loved by the others. God the Father does attempt to “outshine” his Son, the Holy Spirt does not attempt to be our Savior or our Creator and Jesus, the Son of God teaches us great love and respect for His Father. What a beautiful model for community, for us as the Body of Christ!
On this celebration of the Most Holy Trinity, let us give this model some thought and examine how we might live in family, community and parish by this model. Let us live in love and admiration of one another, without competition, but with deep respect for the gift and giftedness of every person.