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A foot note: This is a tough read. I would suggest, no I would urge you to read only as far as you can. Once you feel like you are losing the thread, put it down and just reflect on what you have read to that point. When you are ready to continue, do so, but with the same strategy as mentioned above, only as far as you can. Try, however, to finish it the same day, if possible. I hope this helps. If not just be grateful that Faith is a gift and we all should pray for an increase in that gift.

Today is Trinity Sunday. This is the day set aside by the Church to remember in a special way the cornerstone of our belief in a triune God, three persons but one God. We will speak of what this trinity is, as though we have firsthand knowledge. But, we all know that that is impossible. Our finite minds can hold only finite things, finite knowledge. As they say, “A glass can only hold so much liquid, beyond which, it will overflow”. And yet, we still try to put our arms around infinity.

From the passages in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, we get glimpses of God. A word here, a phrase there and we try to use these to help us understand the manner in which God speaks. These early writings were perceptions by other people, who were inspired and thoughtful. So many writers, from so many different eras all acknowledging the existence of some Force that brought into existence the world as we know it. Very, very briefly we will mention a phrase about God, the Father, who created. We hear of Jesus, who refers to this God as His Father. And again, Jesus speaks to His Apostles and tells them, when I go, I will send you the Paraclete. These and many, many other phrases, scholars over the years, have searched phrases like these and pieced together an understanding of who these three references point to. We have philosophers and theologians pouring over these writings and through their efforts we have a picture of why: a Triune God.

Phrases from Jesus, saying, “He who sees me, sees the Father.” And again, “I and the Father are one.” What we call our Faith, our belief structure has been pieced together, poured over, and refined some more. The end result is something that no one man, no one person, could have ever come up with. Our faith evolved and was refined, again and again, over time. Even today, we have Synods and Vatican Councils which discuss, debate, and argue over the significance of words and actions of an era, long ago.

St. Thomas Aquinas, one noted philosopher put together his “Quinque Viae”, Five Ways to prove the existence of God. These are debated, even today. One that is my favorite is that the all creation, that is, everything that we can see and touch had to have a start. It could not have been around for all eternity. It must have had a creator. Look at the intricacy of the human body, and the human eye; did all of this just happen? With no plan, no thought, no Creator? Over the centuries man has wrestled with the concept of God, and what to make of these references to Father, Son and Spirit. What we have today is the logic upon which our faith rests. But if tomorrow a strong theory appeared that called into question all of this logic, our faith would still hold true. Because faith is not proven, it is given. So, in conclusion to this first half, all of these discussions over the centuries were man’s feeble, but well-meaning attempts at nailing down something that resisted being nailed down. In the end we wind up praying for the gift of Faith.

So this Faith that we have what can we say about it? The deeper we delve, the more amazed we become, and the more frustrated we feel. (This is probably what drove all of the literati throughout the centuries.) We believe that giving us a soul, God created mankind to His own image and likeness. However, we (mankind) because of free-will, had become so twisted and self-centered that we lost sight of our God. Into this world, Jesus, God’s Son, came to not only save mankind, but to show mankind how to live. This last was very important, because otherwise we would wind-up back again in the soup pot. To help us live this life that He taught, He sends us the Spirit. This Spirit is the Love that exists between Father and Son. All of this, I know, sounds like a fairy tale, but let me throw some thoughts on this.

This was how the Trinity came to mean something to me. It will sound a little like a logical progression…at least I hope it does. Here goes: God is superior to everything else in creation, else He would not be God. He is perfect and since He is perfect, He possesses all Goodness. (We will not discuss why Goodness and not Evil are possessed by God. Simply put…evil is the absence of good. God possesses all good things and thus no evil is in God.) Everything that God possesses must be infinite, as well, thus the term All-good. This All-Goodness, being infinite, must exist as a person also; otherwise, it would not be All good. This person, we would explain as Jesus. He was not created. He was begotten from the Father. (Think of simultaneously flowed from the Father.) The love between these two infinite persons, it, too, was perfect. And that love, flowing from the two persons, begot the Holy Spirit, which is why we call Him the Spirit of Love. But, when all is said and done, we thank God for our Faith, and in the end pray, “I believe, Lord, help my unbelief.”

I don’t want to end this right now, not here. The most significant part of our belief is yet to be addressed. We, you and I, believe in a Triune God. We believe that Jesus, the second person in that Trinity, came to show us how to live. What does that mean to us? He loved His Father and did everything He could so that mankind would come back to His Father. He showed us how to trust His Father. And, in trusting and believing in God, we, you and I can bear any pain, any suffering, and with a faith strong enough can be an instrument of God’s good work here on earth. The Spirit of Love is in each of us. Why do we not see it? Why do we not treat each other as temples in which the Spirit of Love resides? Each person is a temple, in which God dwells. (Remember, He breathed into us a soul, making us into His own image and likeness.)

So, in conclusion, because we have been baptized into the Spirit, each of us lives as part of the Mystical Body of Christ. Each of us with our God-given talents brings those talents to the world in need. Each of us, as sharers of the Mystical Body of Christ, constitutes the Church. Not the building (church), but the people of God (Church). And like the Holy Spirit, so too, the bond that we share with one another is the flow of love emanating from this Sprit of God. You see, it all does come together. Christ came to show us how to live. And by living, as He did, imbued with this Spirit of Love, we find ourselves doing acts of genuine love for others. Our worldly cares and worries and anxieties fall into nothingness as we become caretakers of our world, and one with our God, our Triune God.

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