This Sunday, June 12, we are celebrating the feast of The Most Holy Trinity. You may have noticed that every liturgical celebration, including the sacraments, begins and ends by invoking the Holy Trinity. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God reveals his mystery. God is revealed as the Creator, the Son as the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the Sanctifier. Three persons, three revelations, but only one God.
In the Holy Scriptures, we can find biblical passages where God reveals himself as a Triune God. “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1, 26-27).
Here we see how God always reveals and manifests Himself as a God that works in union and in communion with us. And if God always seeks union and communion with his sons and daughters, we must also seek that union and communion with each other. We have been created to live in community with each other and not to live in isolation. When we seek to live in union and communion, we are living the great mystery of the Holy Trinity.
There may be some of us who give in to this fear by becoming more rigid and trying to create a Church that is Moreover, if we carefully and deeply read and meditate on the Gospel for this Sunday, June 12, we will discover that Jesus is speaking of the Father, of Himself, and of the Holy Spirit.
Speaking in human terms, it is very difficult to understand and comprehend the mystery of the Holy Trinity. That is why we have to ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand this great mystery. Jesus begins by telling his disciples and us: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears and will declare to you the things that are coming” (John 16, 12-13 ).
How many of us invoke the help of the Holy Spirit before reading the Holy Scriptures? We have to ask for his help to comprehend and understand what we are reading; otherwise, we will not understand anything of what we are reading. Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of understanding so that we can absorb and understand the Word of God. Let it be so.
With Love and Respect,
Fr. Alberto Villafan, ofm.
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