Trinity is a mystery that I cannot explain but let me try sharing this mystery beginning with this question: What does the Trinity mean to me? This is the question that came into my mind every time we celebrate the feast of the Trinity. For me, this is the hardest teaching of our faith to comprehend. In the class of theology, we were taught that the Holy Trinity is a relationship between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is something that we cannot easily explain because it is a mystery. It is not easy to comprehend that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. They are three different persons and yet they are one. In mathematics, we learn that one plus one plus one is three but in understanding the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, they are one. I will not be able to comprehend this mystery with my understanding alone even if I spend a sleepless night on it. I need to believe, with the eyes of faith, that the Trinity is one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are different but one. They are more than a mystery to be solved, but a mystery to experience and comprehend with faith. The Trinity is a relationship.
Basically, our characteristic as CMT is to be in communion with God and our neighbor. We can only do this if we truly comprehend the mystery of the Holy Trinity, which is relationship. Hopefully, the readings will help us to understand the characteristics of the triune God, who is merciful, slow to anger, and rich in kindness, a God who is in relation. This is the God that we need to experience and encounter in our day-to-day lives. In the Gospel, the frequently repeated John 3:16 reminds us of Jesus, Son’s purpose and mission: to reveal the Abba’s (His own and the Spirit’s) love for us. All who believe in Jesus (and His relationship with the Abba and the Holy Spirit) will have eternal life – that is, a permanent, everlasting relationship with the Triune GOD. So, we thank God for the gift of our salvation, for sending the only begotten Son out of Love for our
May we experience the union of the Trinity among us through our loving relationship with one another. Until we really see in each other the face of the Holy Trinity. Where we can feel and sense the harmony within, whenever there is love and compassion, and understanding among us. Amen!
Sr. Claire Marie R. Sy, CMT
Manila – Philippines