This weekend we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the feast of the Triune God manifested in three persons, the Father, Son and the Spirit. In our practice of Christian Life, the Trinity is remembered often in prayer and throughout the daily routine by every Christian. Each time we make the sign of the cross, as we do at the beginning of Mass, we say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Even though we remember the Trinity several times a day, as we invoke the divine presence before we begin any activity; it is difficult to comprehend the full meaning because the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we acknowledge constitute a great Mystery. Our God is a Trinity, a God of love and forgiveness.
The teaching about the Trinity is one of the most fundamental doctrines in our Christian faith yet not explicitly explained in the Bible. We have only limited Biblical passages to support that in the fullness of God, there are three distinct persons with specific attributes. Jesus in His teaching calls God Abba, Father and He teaches the disciples also to address Him in the same way. Jesus also speaks of the Spirit as His advocate and His oneness with Him.
In our understanding of the Trinity, specific roles however are attributed to them. Namely, Father as the Creator, Son as the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit as the Sanctifier. The feast of the Most Holy Trinity is a mystery that one does not fully understand. Our faith tells us that these three persons are indeed distinct and yet united. If in our practice of faith there are no other words remembered that the names of Father, Son and the Spirit then this Trinity is all that is needed for us to fully live our Christian life.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.