Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Trinity: A community of love

From the Manila Bulletin, author not attributed.
As bishop, teacher, and defender of the faith, Saint Augustine wanted to understand deeply the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. At one time, while walking on the beach, he met a boy who had dug a hole in the sand and was going out to the sea every now and then, bringing some water to pour into the hole he had made. Augustine asked the boy: “What are you doing?’

The boy replied: “I’m going to pour the entire sea into this hole.” “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made,” said Augustine. The boy retorted: “And you cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain.” After having said this, the boy vanished from his sight.

Augustine had wanted to fully grasp the mystery of the Holy Trinity. But after this encounter with the boy on the beach, he had to accept the limitation of the human mind and just believe in the mystery of God’s Triune existence and the crucial role of faith in human salvation history.

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity today, we reflect on God’s oneness amidst the distinctness of the role of each Person of the Trinity. Though the three Persons have different roles in the Salvation History of mankind, they are equally one and are bound by love. We may not be able to understand the mystery of the Blessed Trinity but we can feel the love that is a fruit of their oneness. The Trinity is the best example of a perfect and loving community.

If God is one, we must also be one in mind and heart in worshipping and loving God. There must be no division in the Christian community because division is the opposite of what the mystery of the Trinity teaches us. The prayer of Jesus to the Father reflects the vision of the Trinity for each one of us: “... that they may all be one. As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (John 17:21)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us: “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is, therefore, the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essentialteaching in the ‘hierarchy of the truths of faith.”’ (CCC No. 234) This means that the love that exists among the Three Persons in One God should also be present in us.

The love of the Trinity must be felt in our families, in our communities, in our country, and in the whole world. If this happens, then the world that the Father has created and the Son has redeemed and the Spirit has guided will be very similar to the Blessed Trinity who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.