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  • The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (5/25/2024)

    The Church celebrates today the mystery of the Holy Trinity. We’re taught from our youth that we believe in One God, in three Divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is my understanding that we, as Christians, are the only religion who hold this belief. Other religious beliefs have various understandings of God, but we believe that God the Father is the creator, God the Son is the redeemer, and God the Holy Spirit is the sanctifier.

    When I sit in on the religious education program classes, especially the first and second grade, the young students typically don’t have a lot of questions when the teaching is about the trinity. Perhaps that is because the teachers do such a wonderful job of explaining this mystery. We usually let these youngsters know that it’s okay if they don’t understand the trinity, as it is one of the things we will never really grasp here on earth. We do try to instill in these children that just because we call the trinity a mystery it is not as though they will never understand anything about this wonderful aspect of God. Rather, we try to teach them that while we call the trinity a mystery, we should strive to understand that a mystery is not like a mystery book or movie, where eventually the plot comes to a conclusion and we have it figured out. This mystery of God’s trinity is something we should ponder, and in awe consider how each of the persons within the trinity offers us something unique. God the Father is total love. A love so powerful we cannot grasp the depth of it. Our human love should attempt to mirror God’s love, but we know we will never come close to His amazing love. God the Son has humbled Himself to become man and sacrificed Himself that everyone has the chance of eternal life. I believe we can relate to Jesus easier because He lived a human life, while retaining His Divine nature. We can call Him our brother and we can be especially close to Jesus because He offers Himself to us in the Eucharist. The Holy Spirit is generated by the love between the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit helps us to be holy; set aside for God, in union with God and our human brothers and sisters. The Holy Spirit guides us, guards us, and convicts us of our sins. Call upon the Holy Spirit when you are tempted. Start your day by calling upon the Holy Spirit to guide you, guard you, and convict you of your sin so that you know where you stand with God.

    Every day should be offered to the Holy Trinity because He has granted us the blessing of the day. Thank God for the blessings He bestows upon us through His trinity!

    Deacon Ray


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