Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity; three Persons, one God. We see this idea fleshed out in our Gospel reading from John 16, where Jesus refers to Himself, the Father and the Holy Spirit (..."when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.") as distinct persons.
Did you know that the word “Trinity” is found nowhere in the Scriptures? It took the Church many years to begin to sort this all out; to come to a greater understanding of the Trinity. Even now, it remains part of the mystery of our faith. Three Persons, One God. How can this be? Though we many never fully understand it, still we believe. But how can we explain this concept to those who question it? Let me share with you one of the best explanations I have ever heard.
Pope John Paul II said that God is not LIKE a family, God IS a family. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let’s take my earthly family as an example. My wife and children and I all share many things. We share a name. We share the same DNA. We are one. The Lloyd family. Yet, we are also unique and separate individuals. We each have our own unique identities, gifts and ministries. And so it is with God. Three Persons, One God. One “Family.”
We give you all praise and glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Help us to love the world, as you love the world. Amen.