Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity | iPray with the Gospel
“I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
In this brilliant text of St John we have an explanation of the Trinity. The Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: three divine Persons in One God. St John Paul II said that God is a very happy Family; so happy that God decided to share the happiness of that Family with us. God invites us to belong to it and we enter God’s family when we are baptized. That is why in the Gospel we hear Jesus commanding that all be baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. When we were baptized we were adopted as sons and daughters of God. It’s very easy to say: ‘I’m a child of God’, but it would be good to stop and think about it often.
Yet no matter how much you think about the Trinity, it will remain a Mystery. One day St. Augustine was walking on the beach considering the mystery of the Trinity. Then he saw a boy in front of him who had dug a hole in the sand and was going back and forth to the sea, filling his bucket with water to pour into the hole. St. Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to pour the entire ocean into this hole.” “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made” said St. Augustine. The boy replied, “I will finish before you fit the mystery of the Trinity into your tiny little brain.” The story concludes by saying that the boy vanished because St. Augustine had been talking to an angel.
We belong to God’s family. Let’s turn often to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in prayer and repeat, as if it were the first time: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Our Lady, Mother of God, Daughter of God, Spouse of God, help me to grow in love and intimacy with the Three Persons of the Trinity.
This article originally appeared on www.ipraywiththegospel.org. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © Fr. George Boronat.
Rev. George Boronat M.D. S.T.D is a Catholic priest from the Prelature of Opus Dei, working in the Archdiocese of Southwark in London. He is the Chaplain of The Cedars Independent School in Croydon, and also works as Chaplain of Kelston Club & Study Centre (Balham) and Oakwood Independent School (Purley). He has developed his pastoral ministry mainly with young people and is the author of iPray with the Gospel: Resources to Help Young People Pray (www.ipraywiththegospel.org).