This Sunday is the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, which follows logically upon our celebration of Pentecost last Sunday. The Old Testament was all about God the Father, the ONE GOD of Judaism. Nothing was revealed to the world in those days about a plurality of persons within the one God. Then Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world, claiming to be God, but making it clear that he was distinct from the Father. And then, toward the end of his life, he began to speak of a third element in God: a Holy Spirit, or Paraclete, or Advocate, as our Lord called him—distinct from the Father and from Jesus Himself. That Holy Spirit descended upon the young Church on that first Pentecost and will be with the Church always. So now, we celebrate these three Persons in the one God, and we call our newly revealed God in three Persons “the Holy Trinity,” a word which comes from the Latin and simply means “three-ness.”
Why do you suppose Our Lord revealed the doctrine that there are three persons in the one God to the world, since he knew that it would win him enemies among his own people, who accused him of preaching three Gods? It is because he wants us to understand that God is a community of persons, each loving the other two, and all of them pouring their love into the hearts of their children on earth. God intends that we human beings be brought into being by the love of father and mother for one another, and then their love for us. Thus we become members of a community of love, of commitment, of human and supernatural stability. This is why the family is such a beautiful concept, and the tragic distortions of it that we see all around nowadays are so sad and so opposed to God’s holy will and the well-being of the persons involved.
By contemplating our trinitarian God, we understand the value of community, of human love, and we recognize that it is impossible for a human being to reach his or her full potential without loving and being loved. The divine Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is mirrored in this world by the human trinity of father, mother, and child. However, I am not saying that only by being married and having children can one achieve this potential. Our Lord himself, the perfect man, did not marry nor have children, but he certainly loved even to the point of laying down his life for us, whom he loves. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.