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The Holy Trinity

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John 3:16–18
 
Depiction of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
 
It is common today for commentators to point out that the three major world faiths are very similar in that they all share a belief in one God.  Althoug it is true that Christians believe in one God, our faith departs radically from Islam and Judaism in its belief that in the one God there are three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Furthermore, God the Son entered time and space and lived as one of us.
 
Belief in the Trinity is a central mystery of the Christian faith.  We are baptised “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19), and we are invited to develop a relationship with each Person of the Blessed Trinity.  Jesus’s life, work, ministry, preaching and teaching all testify to this fundamental truth of Christian revelation.  In fact, the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity could be described as the central mystery of the Christian faith and life; and it is this mystery that we are celebrating and rejoicing in today, Trinity Sunday.
 
For many Christians the ‘mystery’ of the Trinity remains just that: a mystery.  But the word in this sense is not used to mean a conundrum or a puzzle impossible to solve, but a sacred truth which we wil be able to penetrate more deeply only if we ask the Holy Spirit to shed his light and truth on our minds and spirits.
 
Instead of saying, “I can’t get my head around the Trinity,” we should say, “I need God’s help to get my head into the Trinity.”  In other words, we need to pray, “Lord, teach me, show me, guide me, lead me into the beauty, glory and majesty of your Blessed Trinity."
 
Here’s a prayer that could help:

"O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely so as to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity." (Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)

 
Chris
 
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The Annunciation

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Luke 1:26-38
 
God chose a young and innocent virgin in a small hamlet in Israel to be the Mother of God.  It is remarkable fact that God’s plan for salvation required the consent of a human being — Mary’s “yes” to God was the most momentous and profound ever spoken in human history.  
 
The challenge we face with today’s reading, from what is referred to as Luke’s Infancy Narrative, is that we are so familiar with it that we fail to see that there is so much treasure to be found in it.
 
Our minds must bow humbly before the mystery that we contemplate today.  Along with the saints we confess that our knowledge and understanding are limited and if we are to touch God’s mystery, we need to pray and ask for the light of the Holy Spirit.
 
If we pray, “Lord, open the eyes of my heart; show me in a new and fresh way the wonder and glory of the salvation unfolding before my eyes in today’s reading”, God will answer.
 
We join our prayer today to the prayer of Antipater of Bostra:
 
"Rejoice, you that are full of grace; the Lord is with you.  Rejoice, that you are the first and only one to conceive a babe free from sin.  Rejoice, that you bring into the world the beginning of life.  Rejoice, O Virgin Mother."
 
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