Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22; Romans 8:14-17;
The Most Holy Trinity
I am with you always. (Matthew 28:20)
What do these four images have in common: 1) water, ice, and steam; 2) three keys on a piano played together as a chord; 3) a three-leaf clover; and 4) two eyes on a person’s head? If you guessed that these images have been used to describe the Holy Trinity, you’re right! These images are far from perfect, but each of them tells us something about the Church’s definition of the Trinity as three divine Persons in one God.
While we may have to use these inexact images to explain the Trinity, we don’t have to use them to describe how God’s love—these three Persons—wells up in our hearts.
The Father is always reaching out to us. His love is there for us whether we are apart from him, like the prodigal son, or whether we are there with him, like the son’s older brother.
Jesus showed the extent of his love by the way he gave his life for us at Calvary and by the way he constantly gives us himself to us in the Eucharist.
The Holy Spirit shows us his love by the way he teaches us and comforts us and guides us toward heaven. He is constantly filling us with God’s power to live holy lives.
Spend some time today praying about the Trinity. Ask the Father to fill you with his creative, parental love. Ask Jesus to fill you with the love poured out on his cross. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love of a Comforter and Advocate.
As you pray, look into your heart. See if you are being filled with Trinitarian love. See if you are getting a glimpse of the glory and humility and grace of the Trinity. See if you can sense a release of this grace as it draws you closer to God. Our God promised to be with us always. May we all come to know this truth more deeply!
“Lord, open the floodgates of heaven. I want to see you and feel your love.”~WAU