“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life." Jn 3:16
This Sunday, as the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are presented with a very familiar and famous passage from the Gospel of John (3:16). God, who is love itself, sent his only Son into the world to physically reveal his love to us. When we reflect on the Holy Trinity, we realize that we can never fully comprehend this eternal mystery. Our celebration today, however, acknowledges our commitment not only to embrace this central mystery of our Christian faith but also to imitate the actions of our loving God in gratitude for all that God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has done for our salvation.
We take it for granted and readily profess that there are three persons in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we come together to pray, whether for mass and the celebration of the sacraments or the less formal and more private moments of prayer and devotion (for example, the Rosary), we always celebrate and profess our common trinitarian faith that acknowledges One God in Three Persons.
The foundation of our faith in God and our profession of God as a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reaches its highpoint in the event of Jesus Christ, whose life, words, and actions reveal the relationship of three persons in one God. Through Jesus Christ, you and I are brought into that same loving and life-giving relationship with our God. Saint Paul tells the Romans and us that “those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God” (Romans 8:14). Having received the Spirit of adoption, that Spirit gives us not only the confidence to call on God as “Father” but also the courage to align and join ourselves with Christ in both his suffering and his glorification.
Today, in praise and adoration of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we pray that He who unites us to himself will continue to protect and guide us and bring us all more deeply into His divine life. May the God of perfect relationship strengthen our relationship with Him and with one another and strengthen our witness to His presence and saving power in our world.