The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 12, 2022
Today is the Feast of The Most Holy Trinity. In the First Reading from the Book of Proverbs we hear references of the Trinity harking back to the beginning of time. The verse begins with these words – “Thus says the wisdom of God: ‘The Lord possessed me, in the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth.’” Wisdom is a reference to the Holy Spirit.
Later in the same verse, we hear these words – “When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then I was beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day.” These words have hints of Christ running through them.
The Book of Genesis begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.” The Spirit is present in the beginning. The creation story talks about the creation of the seas, the earth, and the skies. The Book of Proverbs reveals to us that someone, Christ, was beside Him during their creation.
The opening lines of the Gospel of Luke provide further testimony to this – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word is Jesus Christ. Scripture is clearly laying out for us the presence of the Holy Trinity
The Gospel reading for today is rich in references to the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus, one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, is speaking here and he speaks of the Spirit and of the Father. What’s interesting, is Jesus reveals to us the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. In John 16:12-15, Jesus says to his disciples, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.” While God created us with free will and intellect, we do have limitations. Our God is ineffable, meaning he is too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words. However, we have to say something. In many ways we are like a newborn – we need to start on formula, before moving to soft foods, and eventually to solid food. That is why God gradually revealed himself to mankind. The Old Testament is God’s divine plan to reveal himself to his people and the Incarnate Christ is the fullness of this revelation. There is nothing more to be revealed beyond the person of Jesus Christ.
However, that which has been revealed externally, in Scripture and in the person of Jesus Christ, must now be revealed, and received, internally in the hearts and minds of each individual.
That is perhaps the theme of today’s celebration of the Most Holy Trinity.
Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange said, “We are called to see the infinite fruitfulness of this divine nature that subsists in three Persons; to contemplate face to face the eternal generation of the Word, splendor of the Father, and image of his substance; to see the ineffable spiration of the Holy Spirit, this torrent of spiritual flame, the mutual love of Father and Son, which, from all eternity, unites them in a most absolute reciprocal self-giving.”
The question is – How do we do this?
Theme in our Life Today
Father Reginald provides further clues – “Such a knowledge and love cannot be realized in us unless God first deifies us in a certain manner in the depths of our soul, unless we first receive something of the very nature of God, unless our soul is deified in some way, that is to say transformed in God.”
We need to allow God to deify us, to transform us. However, God is not going to deify us against our will, so we have to make ourselves available to him. In order to understand the Most Holy Trinity, we must participate in the life of the Trinity. We can encounter the person of the Father in prayer, praise and worship. There is no better way to encounter the person of Jesus then in the Eucharist. We can encounter the person of the Holy Spirit in the silence of our hearts or in the prayer – “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our lord, Amen”
To Prepare for this Sunday’s Liturgy, consider the following:
Make today a Most Holy Trinity Day.
Make time for prayer to our Heavenly Father before Mass, then focus on worshipping the Father during Mass.
Receive the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, then stop into the Adoration Chapel to sit with Him for a few minutes.
Find quiet time to “rest in the Spirit” and say the Holy Spirit Prayer.
Experience the fullness of the Most Holy Trinity by deliberately performing an act of love or charity.
Allow yourself to be deified and transformed.