The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 15-16, 2019
From Fr. Anthony Ligato
The Mystery of the Holy Trinity
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I grew up watching T.V. mysteries such as Colombo and other such dramas that had to solve murder cases by finding information and evidence which was either hidden or obscure. The enjoyment of participating as a viewer in the mystery was finding clues to that which was hidden. A mystery does not mean that something cannot be known rather a mystery invites us into getting to know the unknown. This is the history of our relationship with God, coming to know what is unknown. After all, every time we meet someone new, we are coming to know that which is unknown. And since we are made in the image and likeness of God, we can know God in the same way we can know one another.
The fun of the mystery is coming to know and understand through education and knowledge. In today’s Gospel from John 16:1215, “Jesus said to his disciples: I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” The Holy Spirit reveals the truth of who God is for us. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is who God is in God’s self, there is however no mystery in who God is for us. We have had that mystery revealed for us through God’s own selfrevelation through Salvation History.
So, what can we say about God? Everything we can say about God is a matter of life and death. God’s dying with his people in the desert and God’s new life on the cross. There is much we can say about that journey from death to new life. It all begins in the garden, God reveals himself to Adam and Eve, the Hebrew names for man and woman. The complexity of the relationship plays like a drama. As man and woman get to know God, they have to make a fundamental decision, will they continue to pursue this relationship or break it off. We know what they decided and interestingly this is the same fundamental decision we are faced in our relationship with God each day of our lives. Do we get to know God better or do we go our own separate way? That also is the decision we face with people in our lives. Do we stay or do we go, do we take time to get to know them or do we say I know enough and what I know I do not like?
Ultimately the people of Israel came to know that the God who revealed himself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was the God who brought them across the Red Sea from slavery and death in Egypt. This God revealed himself to Moses at Mount Sinai and after revealing himself, he was rejected by the people of Israel. But God did not reject them, he went into the desert with them and he died with each of them in the desert and he brought them to the Promised Land to rebuild their lives. They came to know more fully the mystery of God through the exodus experience, the events that took place at Mount Sinai and the covenant of the Promised Land. They were able to say a great deal about who God is for us.
Sometimes the people we know best are the people we treat the worst. Israel did that to God time and time again. God sent the prophets and they revealed something profound about the mystery of God. That God so loved the World that he would send a shepherd to bring his people home.
The fullest expression of knowing who God is comes from our savior Jesus Christ. He reveals the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, but is it a mystery if we know about it? The mystery as I said before is not that we do not know God Son and Holy Spirit, we just can’t know God in God Self. This is the mystery for us. The profound revelation the Holy Trinity gives us the knowledge that God is Father and it is Jesus who reveals God as Father. Jesus also reveals himself as the Son, the one who redeems the world. From God’s great love he gives us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit communicates the relationship of the Father and Son to us and includes us in that relationship. is not mysterious now is it? We have a great deal to say mystery of the Holy Trinity and the greatest mystery is why does God loves us so much? The answer to that question is, God loves God’s self as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we are invited into that relationship.
Yours in Christ,