The Holy Trinity

Deut 4:32-34 & 39-40; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20 (Year B)

The Holy Trinity is, at one and the same time, both a mystery beyond our understanding and the answer to our deepest longings. Within our human experience a person is distinguished by an identity that is uniquely their own and cannot be shared. We therefore struggle to understand the three Persons in one God. Rather than provoking intellectual frustration, this mystery should occasion the most profound humility.

Who, then, is this God, the mystery of whose being lies so far beyond us? He is, above all, the God who lovingly revealed himself to Moses and his people. “Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation with hand outstretched?” (Deuteronomy 4:33-34).

We come to a knowledge of God through relationship rather than a purely rational analysis. The children of Israel came to know their God in the joys and sorrows of their journeying, and especially in their deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. Their God was revealed to them as a Father calling them home to a land that he would show them.

Humanity longs to reach out and find its home in another. This longing, itself a gift from God, draws us into the presence of the God who reveals himself as Father. In him alone is our belonging brought to fulfilment.

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