In my early days while newly-baptised in the faith, I recall my first Sunday of The Most Holy Trinity. It was a bright sunny day and I remember reflecting on its’ title as being a day when we specially celebrate God in Three Persons. I think that back then we simply used to call it Trinity Sunday and I remember with much pleasure the hymn set to the words of John Henry Newman.
Over time and particularly now as I approach and embrace my faith with greater awareness and renewed energy, I have come to see this special day as more than just a commemoration. I hope I have begun to understand it better and more fully. In doing so I also see that the message of the promise which was made and fulfilled by the Risen Christ at Pentecost is repeated and given greater emphasis today.
To me, the journey of the Word which begins with God the Father is then given us by the grace of the Son and further inspired by the coming of the Holy Spirit. And when the Spirit having been sent to us is in us, the Word which comes from the Father is also in us. Therefore if we keep The Word, we will receive into our hearts the Father and the Son which was what Christ meant when He said
” If anyone loves me he will keep my word
and my Father will love him
and we shall come to him
and make our home with him ”
– John 14:23
Thus the words of the celebrant at the beginning of mass ‘ May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all ’, takes on a special significance.
The Trinity is all bound into One with the Word being handed down by the Father through the Son and then made firm by the Holy Spirit. We cannot receive one without the other or any combination of two parts without the third since they are All in One.
Isn’t this the richest gift one could ever have or be given?
And I hold in veneration,
For the love of him alone,
Holy Church as his creation,
And her teachings as his own.
Adoration ay be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Image – Icon of The Most Holy Trinity Source – web