Our Trinitarian Belief
Do we have a clear understanding of the Trinity? The general answer would be no, we cannot have any satisfying answer to make sense of God, as three distinct 'persons' (also known as hypostasis). There is no language that we can use to make sense of who, what God encompasses. Any distinct claims would be heresy. However, we can talk about God through works, actions, through the person of Jesus, and revelation. These are areas where God acts within the world, making God's self known to the world. Do we use this trinitarian language in our everyday lives, talking of God the Father, Son, and Spirit as distinct, yet encompassing one God?
Today's Gospel states:'The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?" The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods'? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken), do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, `You are blaspheming,' because I said, `I am the Son of God'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there he remained. And many came to him; and they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." And many believed in him there'(John 10:31-42).
Today's Gospel talks about how the people try to stone Jesus for claiming to be Son of God. They didn't understand, and protested against his teachings. The purpose of the Trinity is to bring a greater light to who God is, and to help us grow closer in communion with God. In saying the 'Our Father' prayer, we address God as our very father, or 'abba' an intimate connection, which really, we're not worthy enough to say. However, through Jesus' teachings and sacrifice on the cross, the Spirit brings us too into a reflection of the Son. The Trinity reflects our very faith. Take some time to ask God to bring you into a deeper understanding and relationship in the Trinity.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer to the Holy Trinity:
Glory be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God. Glory be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and opened for me the gates of heaven. Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty. Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.