11 June 2006

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

One cannot do justice to the mystery of the Trinity in a blog post. One can only approach this mystery by living well the relationships and personal encounters that are provided by the Lord. (What follows are a few simple thoughts.)

In today's first reading, Moses reflects upon the unique relationship between Yahweh and Israel; he asks, ". . . ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before?" No. Nothing in the history of the world -- prior to the Incarnation -- can compare with the creation of man and God's delight in chosen people.

The first creation story in Genesis gives us a window into the mystery of the Trinity: "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image'" (Gen 1:26a). God did not say, "Let me make man in my image." The Holy Trinity was present at creation and it is in the image of the Trinity that man was created. "Man" was created male and female. From the dawn of time, God has desired that his creatures, those created in his likeness, imitate him -- the mystery of the Trinity -- in their earthly life. As essential as it is to cultivate a deep relationship with the Trinity, it is never apart from or at the expense of our relationships with one another. For man was not created alone; he was created in the image of the Trinity.

As we reflect upon this grand mystery of the Trinity, let us examine the relationships in our daily lives. Let us consider how we participate in the mystery of the Trinity in our relationships -- those that delight us as well as those that challenge us. For when we are in relationship to one another, we approach this mystery and we have a small taste of the heavenly banquet.

"Our felicity will not stop at this (namely, at conversation with the angels and saints, with Mary and the incarnate Redeemer). It will pass further, for we will see face to face and very clearly the Divine Majesty, the essence God, and the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity."
St. Francis de Sales

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