The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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Alrighty … I need to share something with you all …
When I read the Gospel and I get in front of this camera, there is a LOT of time reflecting and asking the Holy Spirit, “What do you want me to say about this Gospel to help people live the way that Jesus wants us to live and to understand the Catholic faith?”
So, I don’t read the Gospels in advance. I don’t sit here and batch record a bunch of stuff because that’s not prayerful communication from the Lord through me—I don’t believe.
So, when I read the Gospel for this Sunday, I about fell out of my chair because it is the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. I mentioned that last Gospel that I was baptized in the Catholic church in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And I briefly described the fact that the Holy Trinity is one God, but three distinct divine persons.
This is just not really a comprehensible by our minds. We live in this kind of 3-D object world, so we can’t fathom one God, three different distinct persons but yet one being. It is a mystery and a mystery means you have to have some faith to believe it. So I have my laptop in front of me because I do want to reference the Catechism of the Catholic Church, EWTN and The National Catholic Register who are going to help me describe and help define what the Holy Trinity is. So, I am going to be reading a little bit.
But first—the Gospel for this Sunday—The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
That’s it—go on … go baptize everybody in the name of the Father and the Son of the Holy Spirit. Do everything that I’ve commanded you—meaning everything that I have taught you. Over my ministry and in these last 40 days to implement the One Church—My Body. Go—go do it and baptize people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
So, you know, I guess I would look at it like the sun. The sun has warmth and light and radiation, but it’s the sun. Or H2O—is water and steam and ice, but it’s H2O. It’s difficult for us, again, to understand this. But I’m trying to think about how some people want to look at it—in an object form. Let’s try a mathematical equation. 1+1+1=3 that’s not this. 1x1x1=1 that is this.
So, they are all God, but they are distinctly different.
I’m going to go and share some things that again, from EWTN, The National Catholic Register and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in case you want to go reference them at another point in time.
All right, so again, it is the deepest, most profound of all mysteries. The Trinity—the Catholic Church teaches us that although there is only one God, there are three persons in God. The father is God, the son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. We do not speak of three gods, but only one. They have the same nature, substance and being.
We came to know this immense mystery because Christ revealed it to us just before ascending. He told them, and oddly enough, this is the Gospel I just read to you, ha, not odd at all. Go teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic sign. We know that these three are not just different ways of looking at one person. For at the last supper, Jesus told us, “I came forth from Father,” so Jesus is different from the Father. But he also promised if I go to the Father, if you remember the Ascension, I will send Him, the Holy Spirit, to you and he will guide you to all truth. So the Holy Spirit is also different.
The Father generates the Son. The Son is generated by the Father and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Let’s put this another way, even though the three persons are one God, they are distinct for the Father, has no origin. He came from no one. I mean that in and of itself is a mystery and you must have faith to believe that! The Son is begotten—He comes from the Father alone. The Holy Spirit comes or proceeds from both the father and the son. These different relations of origin tells us that there are three distinct persons who have one and the same divine nature. So we speak of the Father, especially as the power of creation of the Son as the wisdom of the Father and of the Holy Spirit as Goodness and Sanctification.
I’m going to finish with one, kind of heavy, paragraph here. The two doctrines of the Holy Trinity and the Incarnation are the foundation of Christian life and worship by becoming man. God, the Son offered us a share in the inner life of the Trinity, and by grace we are brought into perfect communion of life and love, which is God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I’m going to stop here. I’m going to repeat that. By grace, we are brought into the perfect communion of life and love, which is God.
This is what I was saying last week. I was given the grace of love, the fatherly love, godly love, and that means it can only come from God. It’s given to us. It’s this perfect love in God. That’s not a light sentence here. You can only receive it from God. This sharing in the life of the Trinity is meant to culminate in heaven where we will see the three persons face to face, united to them in unspeakable love. This mystery will be answered for us when we get into heaven. We are not supposed to understand everything. If you remember doubting Thomas, “I will not believe until I put my hands and his side and put my fingers in his wounds that he is resurrected,” and then once he does, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who believe and have not seen like you, Thomas.”
That’s faith and faith is also given to you by the grace of God.
So what’s the point of the whole solemnity of the Holy Trinity?
Go be disciples and baptize your children in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Even though my family was not practicing at all, the Catholic faith, my mother and father still put me and my two brothers through the entire Catholic process all the way from Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. I didn’t learn a thing. Okay, I learned a few things—I shouldn’t say that. It just wasn’t something that our family was into, but at the time—as my mom says, it was something that families did back then, confirmed their children to be Catholic regardless if we practiced the faith. And I am so happy that she did and my dad did that. They baptized me, in the Holy Spirit, they basically put God in me who I think has protected me from all my stupid decisions and my silly lifestyle. I mean I, if I didn’t have God in me, I would be dead or in jail. No question. So I am so grateful that they put me in God’s hands, baptizing me, making me an indelible forever marked child of God.
So if you have children or if you are not baptized or you are looking at Catholicism, go through the RCIA process and be transformed. Become the One Church that Jesus passed on to the Apostles that Mary took with John from the foot of the cross and see how God and the Holy Spirit inside you can make your life so much richer and fill you with love, joy and peace like you have never experienced before.
But you have to do it.
I don’t understand why some people say, “I want my children to grow up to figure this out on their own.” Well, here is how I see it—if they want to, when they grow up, they can go in another direction. But don’t you want God inside them as they grow up?
Baptize. Get baptized—adults and children—be a part of God’s family. Only good can come from it. I am telling you I would be dead or in jail if I didn’t have God inside me. Somehow saving me from myself. Oh, you have NO idea!
Which is again why I’m sitting here … and the anxiety and the worry and the stress and the happiness I thought I had living the life that I thought this world told me to live in order to be happy is so far from real joy, real peace and real love. I felt it. I know it. I am here to spread the word. That is why I’m in front of this camera. As I say numerous times and I will probably say numerous more times. I want you to have it—God in you. Baptize yourself, your children, if you haven’t, and if you have, just ask God to open himself to you.
You have to ask. He will not force himself on you. Free will is the whole point here and quite frankly, if you have a mustard seed of faith, why take the chance of burning in hell? Ask God to help you love him and be with him for eternity. He’ll do the rest. He’ll meet you where you are. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away. I was gone for decades!
I really want you to think about how amazing it is. If you’ve been baptized, that you have God just sitting in you, so ask them to help you and if you haven’t baptized their children, please, I encourage you, put God in them. He’s going to help them throughout their entire life whether they know it, look for it or want it.
Okay. Have a Blessed and Inspired Week. See you next time.