The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 24, 2024 at 12:04 p.m.
This image of the Holy Trinity is positioned high above the altar in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.
This image of the Holy Trinity is positioned high above the altar in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.


This Sunday, the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the central mystery of our Catholic Faith, that honors God as Father-Creator, Son-Redeemer and Holy Spirit, Sanctifier.  We speak of God as a communion of persons: one God in three distinct persons.  It is a central mystery of our faith because it deals with the mystery of God himself.  God as Trinity is the source of all other mysteries of faith and it gives light to them, the Catechism reminds us.  

We speak of the human being created in God’s image, that notion is rooted in the Book of Genesis: “In the divine image, we created him (Genesis 1:27).”  We also speak of the human being, in social sciences, as fundamentally a “social being,” a creature whose nature is oriented toward others --- this nature seems to derive from our identity as “made in God’s image, God who is a communion of persons.  St. Caesarius of Arles once wrote that “the faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity (St. Caesarius of Arles, Sermo 9).” 

God revealed himself as Father-Creator.  Jesus, the Son of God, the “Word made Flesh” speaks that way.  In the Gospel, he tells us in the most comforting way as he ascended to the Father when his physical, human life on earth was finished, that he us with us always.  The Holy Spirit, in Pentecost, is the guarantee of that presence in the Church.  There are not 3 Gods but only one God.  The divine persons are really distinct persons, but each is God whole and entire.  We refer to this as mystery because it is not easy to comprehend or explain yet, as Church Councils remind us: the Father is what the Son is and Son is what the Spirit is: each person is fully the divine reality and revealed to us.  The Father generates; the Son is begotten; the Spirit proceeds, and all are One and --- in relation of love to each other--- inseparable.  And we are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  We profess this mystery and live our Christian life in praise and worship of God as Trinity and in loving relation to each other, as a community, in God’s image. 


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This Sunday, the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the central mystery of our Catholic Faith, that honors God as Father-Creator, Son-Redeemer and Holy Spirit, Sanctifier.  We speak of God as a communion of persons: one God in three distinct persons.  It is a central mystery of our faith because it deals with the mystery of God himself.  God as Trinity is the source of all other mysteries of faith and it gives light to them, the Catechism reminds us.  

We speak of the human being created in God’s image, that notion is rooted in the Book of Genesis: “In the divine image, we created him (Genesis 1:27).”  We also speak of the human being, in social sciences, as fundamentally a “social being,” a creature whose nature is oriented toward others --- this nature seems to derive from our identity as “made in God’s image, God who is a communion of persons.  St. Caesarius of Arles once wrote that “the faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity (St. Caesarius of Arles, Sermo 9).” 

God revealed himself as Father-Creator.  Jesus, the Son of God, the “Word made Flesh” speaks that way.  In the Gospel, he tells us in the most comforting way as he ascended to the Father when his physical, human life on earth was finished, that he us with us always.  The Holy Spirit, in Pentecost, is the guarantee of that presence in the Church.  There are not 3 Gods but only one God.  The divine persons are really distinct persons, but each is God whole and entire.  We refer to this as mystery because it is not easy to comprehend or explain yet, as Church Councils remind us: the Father is what the Son is and Son is what the Spirit is: each person is fully the divine reality and revealed to us.  The Father generates; the Son is begotten; the Spirit proceeds, and all are One and --- in relation of love to each other--- inseparable.  And we are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  We profess this mystery and live our Christian life in praise and worship of God as Trinity and in loving relation to each other, as a community, in God’s image. 

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