The Most Holy Trinity – 27 May

The Most Holy Trinity – 27 May

The Most Holy Trinity – 27 May

POPE FRANCIS – ANGELUS MESSAGE – 27 MAY 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. A feast to contemplate and praise the mystery of the God of Jesus Christ, who is one in the communion of three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. To celebrate with ever new amazement God-Love, who offers us his life for free and asks us to spread it in the world.

Today’s biblical readings make us understand how God does not want to reveal to us that He exists, but rather that he is “God with us”, close to us, who loves us, who walks with us, is interested in our personal history and takes care of everyone, starting with the little ones and those in need. He “is God up there in the heavens” but also “down here on earth” (cf.  Dt 4:39). Therefore, we do not believe in a distant entity, no! In an indifferent entity, no! But on the contrary, in the Love that created the universe and generated a people, it became flesh, died and rose for us, and as the Holy Spirit everything transforms and leads to fullness.

Saint Paul (cf.  Rom 8: 14-17), who in the first person experienced this transformation made by God-Love, tells us his desire to be called Father, or rather “Dad” – God is “our Dad” – with the total confidence of a baby who abandons himself in the arms of those who gave him life. The Holy Spirit – the Apostle recalls again – by acting in us makes Jesus Christ not be reduced to a character from the past, no, but that we feel close to him, our contemporary, and we experience the joy of being children loved by God. In the Gospel, the risen Lord promises to stay with us forever. And thanks to his presence and the strength of his Spirit we can serenely achieve the mission that He entrusts to us. What is the mission? To proclaim and bear witness to all of his Gospel and thus expand the communion with him and the joy that derives from it.

Thus, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity makes us contemplate the mystery of God that incessantly creates, redeems and sanctifies, always with love and love, and to every creature that welcomes it gives us the opportunity to reflect a ray of its beauty, goodness and truth. He has always chosen to walk with humanity and form a people that is a blessing for all nations and for every person, no one excluded. The Christian is not an isolated person, belongs to a people: this people who form God. One can not be a Christian without such belonging and communion. We are a people: the people of God. May the Virgin Mary help us to fulfill with joy the mission of witnessing to the world, thirsty for love, that the meaning of life is precisely the infinite love, the concrete love of the Father, of the Son. and of the Holy Spirit.

(vatican.va)

 

A letter by St Athanasius
Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity
It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name.
  We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energizing reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things.God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.
  Writing to the Corinthians about spiritual matters, Paul traces all reality back to one God, the Father, saying: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.
  Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so the graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text: My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him. For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace.
  This is also Paul’s teaching in his second letter to the Corinthians: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. For grace and the gift of the Trinity are given by the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we possess the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit himself.
(Office of Readings)

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