It might defy explanation but the Trinity doesn't deny us of its life, love & grace
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
As we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we recall the loving relationship of our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier … 3 Persons in one God. What a mystery! Every time we make the sign of the cross and pray, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”, we are reminded of that Community of Love. How many times have we made the sign of the cross and said those words? How many times have we heard those words spoken before prayer, at a baptism, etc? We also renew our belief in “one God, the Father almighty … in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God … in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life …” whenever we profess the Creed.
Many have tried to explain the Holy Trinity but it remains a mystery. Isn’t it a wonderful mystery to know that God is with us in so many ways as the source of life, the power of love, the wonder of grace? In Sunday's Gospel we receive some of the best news – Jesus tells his disciples and us: “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." May the love of our God, the peace of Jesus, and the joy of the Spirit touch our hearts each day.
Some biblical translations, including the Good News Bible, use the word, "secret," for "mystery."
A priest once told me in a very caring, respectful, and dignified manner, "God has a secret to share with you."
Not known to me at the time, I was led to discover this most beautiful, precious, ancient "secret," as St. Paul, himself, testified, "... the glorious riches of this mystery [secret],which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." [Col. 1:27] This very kind and caring priest had already discovered this marvelous 'secret,' and had led many others to discover it, as well.
He continued to counsel me with an understanding that in speaking of spiritual 'mysteries,' it does not mean we can never comprehend or understand, but rather, that their meaning and purpose are continually being revealed and made known to us in even deeper realities and realms of truth.
After all these years, I concur. Every relationship is truly "mystery." Each and every person is truly "mystery."
Relationships are holy vessels of encounter. That Creator-ABBA, JESUS-FRIEND-and-SAVIOR, and Holy Spirit choose to dwell within each one of us, to abide with us throughout our lives, is beautiful and blessed and beloved 'gift.' Our relationship with them, with each one of them, is priceless. As is our relationship with each and every person we meet, know, encounter.
Thank you, Sister Lynn Marie, for calling this to our attention and reflection.