Thoughts on the Readings for the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity (A) 2017

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Three = One.   Huh?   

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.   This Feast celebrates the ONE God who has revealed God’s Self as Creating Father, Redeeming Son, and Sanctifying Spirit.    The Preface for this feast (The Preface is that part of the Mass that leads into the Holy, Holy, Holy.) declares:  “For what you have revealed to us of  your glory we believe equally of your  Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  

Our readings this Sunday speak of the relationship of humans with God, beginning with the Israelite people.   In the first reading from the book of Exodus, Moses on Mount Sinai encounters God.   We are told that God passed before him and cried out:  "The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindess and fidelity."  

In our second reading this weekend, from the letter to the Corinthians,  Paul states our Trinitarian belief succinctly: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God , and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."   

Finally in our Gospel reading we are reminded that “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."   

All three of our readings for this Feast remind us that the God we worship today is the same God who chose the Israelites, who was fully revealed to us by Jesus Christ, and who continues to abide with each of us and with our Church today.   

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

  1. I think sometimes the Trinity is perhaps best grasped through analogy, rather than through theological language.   So think of your mother.   To you she is mother; to her mother she is/was daughter; to her husband she is/was wife.   She is one and the same person, yet viewed in different ways at different times.    What analogy has helped (or still helps) you to understand the Trinity?
  2. We often use words to describe the different Persons in the Godhead.  What words would you use to help distinguish the different Persons in the Triune Godhead?    Hint:  some people use Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.  
  3. What do you think is the biggest stumbling block to belief in a Triune God? 
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