In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This seems like a most appropriate way to begin a homily on the Most Holy Trinity. Every time we make the Sign of the Cross, we acknowledge the central mystery of the Christian faith and the mystery of God’s very self. Our belief in the Trinity separates us from other religions and it is the foundation for everything else that we profess as Catholics.
What do we believe about the Trinity? As per the Catholic Catechism (CC253): “The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature, one God.” The Catechism goes on to tell us that each of the divine persons of the Trinity are really distinct from one another. This distinction solely arises from the relationships which relate them to one another.
The Trinity is an eternal exchange of love which we are called to participate in. The one word that best describes the Trinity is LOVE. This love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom5:5)
Pope Benedict XVI in writing about the Trinity tells us that the strongest proof that we are made in the eye of the Trinity is that love alone makes us happy, we live in a relationship, to love and be loved. He calls Mary, the “mirror of the Trinity”. Why? Because she was guided by the Holy Spirit…she leads us to closer to Jesus…so we may do the Father’s will.
Mary, help us to let go of anger, resentment, judgmental attitudes, anxiety, fear, holding back forgiveness and lack of compassion or anything else that is contrary to the perfect love of the Most Holy Trinity. It is when we replace all of these with love, then and only then we will be truly happy! We turn to Mary during this pandemic, placing ourselves under her protection.
May God bless us all always!