Solemnity of the Holy Trinity
by Father Charles Irvin, M.Div, J.D.
The Trinity is the Term employed to signify the Central Doctrine of the
Christian Religion -- the Truth that in the
Unity (1) of the Godhead there are Three
(3) Persons, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these
Three (3) Persons being Truly Distinct, one-from-another.
Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed:
"the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one
God". In this Trinity of Persons the
Son is Begotten of the Father by an Eternal Generation, and the
Holy Spirit Proceeds by an Eternal Spiration from the
Father and the Son. Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to Origin, the
Persons are Co-eternal and Co-equal: all alike are
Uncreated and Omnipotent. This, the
Church teaches, is the Revelation regarding God's Nature which
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon Earth to deliver
to the World; and which She proposes to Man as the Foundation of
Her whole Dogmatic System.
Summary of Origins
Father possesses Two (2)
Internal Divine Processions
|God the Father
(Begotten, not made, not created)
The Son of God,
Second Person of the Holy Trinity
|God the Father
& God the Son
(As One Principle)
(not made, not created, not generated)
The Holy Spirit,
Third Person of the Holy Trinity
The Essence of our Faith is Belief in the
Trinity, but nowhere in the Bible does it say the word "Trinity". It Hints to it.
But Trinity was something the Early Church developed through the
Holy Spirit; i.e. that this is what we believe, that God is
One (1) God in
Three (3) Divine Persons. Sometimes we don't realize how Radical that is.
That this is completely Contradictory in the Mindset of the Jews. That's why they Killed
Jesus -- because He claimed to be
God, and there is only One (1)
God. If you saw the Movie Jesus of Nazareth
when the High Priest says "Are You the Son of the Blessed One" and
Jesus says, "I am", using the Word for Yahweh,
the High Priest cries out the words that the Jews used everyday and all Good Jews said, "Hear O Israel, the Lord your
God is One". And now Jesus comes and says, "Yes, He is
One, but I am part of Him". Totally, totally Foreign to the Jewish Mindset. As the Early Church
tried to Comprehend what was Revealed to Her -- Who God
Truly is, was and will be always -- that took Development of Doctrine. You can find hints of it, of course, in the
Scripture. We hear in 2Corinthians 13:13 "The Grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you". It's already been there from the very beginning.
But what does this mean to us? The Trinity is, of course, far beyond our
Imagination. How can God be One (1) and
yet have Three (3) Persons? Most of us accept it because of what we've been taught as children.
Muslims completely reject that. We're a Minority 'in our belief' in that. Patrick used the
Reality of the Shamrock to explain it. Others liked the Reality of a Candle Flame.
When you look at a Candle very closely, you have a White part of the Flame, a
Clear Part and a Blue Part of the Flame.
One (1) Flame and yet Three (3) Parts to it. A
Unity (1). Something like this could hint to the Reality of Who God the
Father is, and Who God the
Son is, and Who God the Holy Spirit is.
The Father is not the Son, the
Son is not the Father, the
Father is not the Spirit, the
Spirit is not the Son and yet
They are One (1). It
Blows our Mind.
God has always been for all Eternity a Community of Love.
Some may think God was Lonely before
He Created the Earth. God was not
Lonely. God has always been a
Community of love. The Father has always
Loved the Son, the
Son has always Loved the Father.
Their Love is so Real It's the Person of the
Holy Spirit and this Outpouring of Love, one into
another, has always Existed. When God decided to Create, what happened was that
Love was poured-out even-more and overflowed into Creation, and Creation was born out of
Love. The whole purpose of the Alpha and the Omega is to
catch-us-up into this Community of Love. That's why it's so important that nobody can be a
Member of Christ without being a Member of Christ's
Body. There is no such thing that Me and God have this Relationship,
because God is not like that. It's just not being God.
I cannot say I Love God unless I say I Love you. I
can't do it. I can't say that I'm Alone in my Relationship with God because being Alone in my
Relationship with God is to cut myself off from the Body,
and to be cut-off from the Body would be to be cut-off from God.
Everyone of us, when we come to follow God, are called to be Members of a
Community, because God is a Community. If God
is a Community as One (1) Person, then we as a Parish Member, we as a Member of an Archdiocese,
we as the Roman Catholic Church, we as Christendom,
must be One (1) Body in
Love, where we come together and Worship God and are caught-up into the
God of Love. So what I have to do and what you have
to do is to examine: "am I a Person of Community"? Am I a Person who comes to
Mass on Sunday to put my time in because I want to make sure I go to
Heaven one day? That would be completely Foreign and completely Opposed to what has been
Revealed by God. It is not me and God. Never!
Never has been and never will be. It's me, God and you, forever.
The Trinity - by CRANACH, Lucas the Elder -
from Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig
What do you think Heaven is going to be like? Do you think it's going to
be a place where we sit there and we stare forever at God. That would be
Awfully Boring. Heaven is a place Revealed by
Christ where God will Love us and
we will Love Him and we will Love each other
Intimately Forever. That's why if we're not Loving People on Earth, we're not going to go to
Heaven. Why? Because we'll Hate it there. We'll Hate it where we have to
Love other People and shake other People's hands. We are called to be Members of the
Community of Love. When we do that, it means that we have to get Messy.
When I get involved in other People's Lives, it's Messy. A Priest's
Problem is that he becomes involved in too many People's Lives, which is Messy
sometimes. But that's the Reality of what all of us are called to enter into, as best we can; into the Community
God calls us to be part of.
As we do that we begin to give a Reflection of Who God is. Am I a Reflection of
the Trinity in the way I live my Life? Am I a Member of the Community and remember that the
Father always gives Himself to the
Son, the Son always gives
Himself to the Father, the Spirit
is always the Reality of that Self-giving. Is that the way I live my Life? Was yesterday for me a day of Self-giving? Did I give away my Life yesterday?
Was I a Member of the Community of God where I gave away part of my Life? Now if you care and worked on
the 'Carwash' you were a person of Self-Giving Love. You gave away your Life by washing-cars for the
Community, not for you, but for others. You gave away a part of your Life. Every day I have to examine my
Conscience. If I did not give away my Life today, my day was a waste, a waste of God's
time and a waste of my time because the Purpose God created me for was to give away my lLife. Because
that's what He did. He did it and
He made it Real. He made the Love
of the Trinity real when He became a Man. When
Jesus Christ became a Man and He
Died on the Cross, He said this
is what Self-Giving Love is about. Then He says,
what I want you to do is to Love one another as I have Loved you. Go and be part of the
Community of Love. Go and give away your Life for others. Go and be a Person for others. That is a High, High Calling and
that is the Calling that God gives to each of us. That is the Calling, of course, to the
Cross of Jesus Christ, that we will Embrace the
Cross in Love. When we do that we begin to bring the
Presence of the Reality of the Trinity in our Life so that People will know that the
Trinity is Real, because they see the Trinity
in the way we Live.