Three Persons; One God
This day the Catholic Church celebrates the Most Holy Trinity; the Blessed Trinity. Three persons in one God is a concept sometimes difficult to understand, especially for young children even though the first prayer we teach our children is the Sign of the Cross. Each time we sign ourselves with Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are professing our belief in the Trinitarian nature of God. And as in all prayers we end with “Amen” which means “I believe” or “so be it.”
Coming to understand God as existing in three distinct natures invites us to engage in some theological reflection of Scripture. Who is the Father? We most often relate God the Father as the one with authority; the all-knowing, ever present
Creator who always was and always will be. The creation story in Genesis, the very first book of the Bible, gives us a sense of what the Father, Creator can do and that it is He who rules the earth, having a plan for the people he created.
God the Son, may be the most familiar nature of God and rightly so as it was part of Father’s plan that Jesus, his very Son, would become incarnate, become human, so that humanity might more fully understand God’s love and mercy. Through Jesus we learn what it means to become a disciple, to live loving God with our whole heart, our mind and our body and loving our neighbor as ourselves. We know the story. God loves us so deeply that he provided all humanity needed and God loved us so deeply as to give us free will. We failed, we fell into sin and we turned away from God. Through the sacrifice of his own Son, God provided a way for humanity to be redeemed which opened for all, the path to eternal life in heaven. Then, nearing the time for Jesus to return to the Father, to ascend into heaven, Jesus tells us he will ask his Father to send a helper, an advocate; The Holy Spirit. Jesus promises us that he will be with us until the end of time. Jesus is with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. And with the gift of the Holy Spirit, God blesses humanity with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, fortitude, piety and reverence and awe. It is when we use these gifts that we are further blessed with the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty and self-control.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the three persons exist in perfect unity providing for us a model of love; one does not exist to outshine the other, there is no completion, only complete love, honor and respect for the other. What an incredible example of how we are to live. What an incredible God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit! With wonder and awe in the Trinity,