The Holy Trinity is at times very hard to comprehend and even harder to explain. Below are excerpts from different articles, books, homilies, etc... which have been brought together in hopes of sheading some light on the mystery of the Trinity.
The following is an excerpt from a blog entitled Everyday Student. "'Trinity' is a term that is not found in the Bible but a word used to describe what is apparent about God in the Scriptures. The Bible clearly speaks of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit...and also clearly presents that there is only one God.
If we were to use math, it would not be, 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=1.
Thus the term: "Tri" meaning three, and "Unity" meaning one, Tri+Unity = Trinity. It is a way of acknowledging what the Bible reveals to us about God, that God is yet three "Persons" who have the same essence of deity. God the Son (Jesus) is fully, completely God. God the Father is fully, completely God. And God the Holy Spirit is fully, completely God. Yet there is only one God. In our world, with our limited human experience, it's tough to understand the Trinity. But from the beginning we see God this way in Scripture. Notice the plural pronouns "us" and "our" in Genesis 1:26 -- Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
In an attempt to bring all this information together, here is some insight from homilies and talks that have been given on the subject of the Holy Trinity. From the very beginning there has always been this idea of three "persons" but one Godhead as stated above:
"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground" (Genesis 1:26).
Looking at the Trinity we have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Let us for one moment think of the Trinity as the Lover, the Beloved, and the love they share where God is the Lover, Jesus is the Beloved, and the Holy Spirit is the love that they share. All three are part of such an intimate relationship that they, in esence, exists as one. God's being is filled with such a great intensity of love and that love was poured out into the world. From the beginning we were given the freedom of chioce, because of some of our bad choices, eventually the world became corrupt and sinful. God sent Jesus (God the Son) to bring order and direction back into the fallen world. When Jesus ascended towards Heaven, He left behind the Holy Spirit as an advisor or helper. Therefore, God in His great love for us, has always been with us and continues to be at our side.
God is a triune [three in one] God.
We can also see the Trinity in this way. When we are little, the Holy Spirit helps us through the decisions
we make by being our conscience. As young adults we still use the Holy Spirit to guide us, but we start relating more with Jesus (God the Son) as we go through the trials & tribulations of our life. He becomes our example, our mentor, the "person" we can relate to and lean on. When we reach maturity we can relate to God as our companion, our partner, our lover. So whether God is there for us in the form of a father, friend, companion, advisor, helper, or partner, He is everything and still the same, one God.
One attempt to explain the Trinity is to use the example of water, steam, and ice. Water exists in three states – solid ice, liquid water and gaseous steam. When looking at this parallel it is important to not get wrapped up in the "state" that the water is in, but rather on the idea that all three are a form of water, as in the Trinity all three are still God. Keep in mind that we have learned of this wonderful glorified state of being with the Ascension of Jesus.
Let us also consider the relationship of the Holy Trinity. It is a relationship of an intense love and as in all successful relationships; it is a balance of give and take. If you are in a relationship with your husband, wife, friend, children, any one at all, there must be a balance of give and take or the relationship eventually fails. That is the example that the Holy Trinity gives to us, this wonderful example of community living and love for one another. An intimacy so great that we become one, united with each other, and more importantly, united with God.
So we must go out and live in this example of a united community offering selfless love to others as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit has loved us.
On this Sunday we return to Ordinary Time. However it can be confusing, because the clergy are still wearing white vestments. The Easter Season ended with the celebration of Pentecost last Sunday. You will notice that the Paschal Candle has been moved from near the ambo and has now returned to its place near the baptismal font.
Ordinary Time refers to the period of liturgical time when the Sundays are counted. The first two Sundays after Easter are normally the Feast of the Holy Trinity and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (formally known as Corpus Christi). The liturgical colors for vestments on these two Sundays are white, even though the overall color for Ordinary Time is green.
Created in the image of God, we are called to live in community, offering selfless love to others.
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