Feast of the Holy Trinity
The Feast of the Holy Trinity is the central feast of the Catholic Church. The feast is centred on our faith in a monotheistic God consisting of three persons. It is not one God or three gods, but rather, the one Godhead which reveals himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That means, it is not tritheism. Father becomes the source and origin from whom proceeds the Son and the Holy Spirit. However, with our human intelligence we cannot understand God. God is beyond human comprehension. Nobody can give a true picture about God and reveal more about God; but God himself. Therefore, our faith in the Revelation of Jesus as Son is very important to understand the Revelation of God as Father and God as Holy Spirit. It was Jesus, the second person of the Trinity who became man, and chose to reveal the Godhead to us. He only could have revealed the Father, as he came from the bosom of the Father. John the Evangelist writes: “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known” (Jn 1:18). Therefore, the testimony is true, and we must believe the truth Revealed to us (cf. Jn 3:18).
Why this Revelation? The purpose of Revelation is salvation. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:17). Does it mean that God became three with the coming of Jesus? No. Jesus, as the eternal word of the Father was always with God, and he was God (Jn 1:1). He was there at the time of Creation. The Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters at the time of creation (cf. Gen 1:1-3). God continued to guide them and speak through the prophets and kings. God who spoke to the Israelites communicated constantly through Jesus the word. However, they could not understand the presence of Jesus in their lives nor the power of the Spirit of God as distinct ‘persons’ of the Trinity. It was Jesus who could reveal God to us in a very clear manner. He tells Philip who had asked him to ‘show us the Father, and we will be satisfied’, that “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”. This is the greatest revelation of Jesus. In Jesus, you see God. In Jesus, who became man, you see God the Father. There could not have been a better explanation regarding the Revelation. However, this communion was mentioned in Jn 10:30, he says: “The Father and I are one”.
Jesus, when he began his public ministry, preached repentance, and welcomed everyone to the Kingdom of God. He wanted to establish God’s Kingdom and performed miracles and cured many people of diseases, plagues and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind (Lk 7:21). He also told them: “If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you”(Mt 11:28).He was conceived in the womb of Mother Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. He began his ministry led by the Holy Spirit. He did everything to teach his disciples the ‘ways of the Kingdom’. He gave them a new commandment to love “as I have loved you”. However, Jesus’ own audience had rejected him and the chief priests and the elders handed him over to be crucified. Knowing this, Jesus had promised his disciples a helper, an advocate to be with his disciples for ever.
Holy Spirit was given to the disciples only after the Resurrection of Jesus. The apostles who were frightened and lived in closed doors for fear of Jews became extraordinarily bold and courageous witnesses from the day of Pentecost. They were ready to sacrifice their lives for the truth they have witnessed. They were chosen by God the Son himself to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God and were sent with a mission under the guidance of God the Spirit. The Third person of the Trinity was revealed to them on the day they received the Spirit. They had not understood many things while they were with Jesus. It was too hard for them. Their hearts were not open. Jesus had told them that “when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth”. Revelation of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit was complete with the coming of the Holy Spirit. He continues to guide us and will remain with us till the end of the world. As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit, may we enter into communion with Him and may He dwell in us to lead us all into eternity. Amen!