Reflection for Trinity Sunday 2021 (week beginning 30 May):
This Sunday’s solemn feast of the Holy Trinity follows on “seamlessly” from last Sunday’s solemn feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost).
There are 3 Divine Persons in the Godhead. God is always Trinity. Jesus was adamant that Baptism be always in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (That wording is usually how we open and close our prayers – it is known as the Trinitarian Formula).
The Holy Trinity is the greatest of all mysteries. This is because it is a Heavenly phenomenon. So, we must be very humble in the light of it. Nobody can explain this Mystery. Nobody would surely dare claim to be able to explain it. Yet we can “get a handle” on the Mystery.
The key is that it is only God the Father who is Unbegotten i.e. not begotten by any other Being. He is the Creator – He gives being to every person and thing. He has one, and only one, Only Begotten Son – His perfect mirror-image or Reflection. Their great mutual love is known as the Holy Spirit. He is sent by God the Father and God the Son jointly.
At Sunday Mass, as a practical point, we should treasure the great prayer of the “Gloria”. (When not at Mass, we should esteem the much shorter “Glory be …” prayer).
First and foremost, the Holy Trinity warrants our praise(s) in a spirit of adoration.
Thought for the day: “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” (Henry Ward Beecher)