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HOLY TRINITY

HOLY TRINITY
24th June, 2015
Mr.Francis D'Souza Holy Trinity
 MOST HOLY TRINITY
 
The first thing our parents taught us about our religion was most probably the sign of the cross. The last thing a priest will do at our graveside is make the sign of the cross over our body. A Christian’s life therefore, is marked with the trinity.
What is the Trinity?
The word "trinity" is a term used to denote the Christian doctrine that God exists as a unity of three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each of the persons is distinct from the other, yet identical in essence.  In other words, each is fully divine in nature, but each is not the totality of the other persons of the Trinity.    The Father is not the same person as the Son, who is not the same person as the Holy Spirit, who is not the same person as the Father.  Each is divine, yet there are not three gods, but one God. There are three individual subsistences, or persons.  The word "subsistence" means something that has a real existence.  The word "person" denotes individuality and self awareness.  The Trinity is three of these, though the latter term has become the dominant one used to describe the individual aspects of God known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Included in the doctrine of the Trinity is a strict monotheism which is the teaching that there exists in the entire universe a single being known as God who is self-existent and unchangeable (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8).  Therefore, it is important to note that the doctrine of the trinity is not polytheistic (more than one God) as some of its critics proclaim. Trinitarianism is monotheistic by definition and those who claim it is polytheistic demonstrate a lack of understanding of what it really is.
A. H. Strong defined it well: "We do not say that one God is three Gods, nor that one person is three persons, nor that three Gods are one God, but only that there is one God with three distinctions in His being."
 
One of the visual ways of explaining the trinity is by referring to water.
A glass of water, an ice-cube, and steam. All these three are water but in different
states or forms.
 
A couple children were having difficulty in understanding the doctrine of the trinity.
One said to the other “I can’t understand the concept of ‘Three in One, and One in Three’. “I can’t either”, said the other, “but I think of it like this: my mother is Mummy to me, Mabel to Daddy and Mrs. Douglas to many other people.
Is it just a question of names?
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the 'hierarchy of the truths of faith'. [GCD 43.]  in para number (CCC234)
 
Baffling? Yes! Absurd? No!
 
It is said that Augustine (354-430), a leader in the early church, was walking on the ocean shore one day and pondering the mystery of the Trinity. He saw a little boy who was playing with a seashell. The youngster scooped a hole in the sand, went down to the waves and filled his shell with water and poured it into the hole he had made. Augustine, asked, "What are you doing?" The boy replied, "I am going to empty the entire ocean into the hole." Then Augustine thought, “That is what I have been trying to do. Standing at the ocean of infinity, I have attempted to grasp it with my finite mind.”
The concept of the Trinity does not fit the framework of common logic, nor can it be fully analyzed by our intellect. But this is no reason to say it is the invention of theologians. To declare that the one and only God has made Himself known as Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit is simply an attempt to define what the Scriptures teach (John 10:29-30; Acts 5:3-4).
To commit our lives to this triune God is to begin to see with the eye of faith His greatness as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Doesn't it make sense that the One we worship, and to whom we entrust our lives, should be vastly greater than our limited understanding?
 
The Trinity is one of the most profound of the revealed mysteries which is beyond human comprehension, The word “Trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible yet its roots are deeply embedded in the Word of God. Some of the references are as follows:
Gen 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."
Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
Matt 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Matt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
2 Cor 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all
1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood
Francis Schaffer, a noted Christian says: “If it were not for the doctrine of the Trinity I would have still been an agnostic.” It was the trinity that gave him the answer – the only answer to the theme of unity and diversity.
 
Dr George Smeaton – The biblical idea of the Trinity is the heart of the unique message of Christianity. To explain this mystery is not our province… ours is simply to conserve the mystery.  
 
 
Lessons from the Trinity
 
Karl Rahner has rightly remarked “despite their orthodox confession of the Trinity, Christians are, in their practical life almost mere ‘monotheists’”.  The Christian experience of God as Trinity calls for a radical commitment to live and promote communion among the different Christian Churches, and among religions, races, ethnic and linguistic groups, castes, classes, genders and nations. Divisive forces are at work, especially in our times, destroying unity and concordance among people to promote their own selfish interests. God as communion inspires and energizes us to raise our prophetic voice against everything that destroys communion among peoples. Therefore, a deeper understanding of the meaning of God as the Trinity is imperative to be effective agents of the Kingdom of God to build a just and humane society, to promote ecumenism among the Churches and dialogue among the various religions and cultures as well as to care for the nature which has the ‘vestige of the Trinity’ - (adapted from The Divine Shepherd’s Voice pg 88 Apr– June 2004)
 
 
 Trinitarian Relationship with the Triune God.
 
1. God the Father: I am the child of the Heavenly father
2. Jesus the Christ: I am the body of the Risen Christ
3. Holy Spirit: I am the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
 
Trinity and family.
 
The Trinity must influence our family life in that each member of the family is distinct but not divided, different but not separated.
 
 
The Trinity confounds our mind, but comforts our heart
 
The truth of a triune God staggers the mind, but to know him satisfies the heart
 
There's perfect unity in the trinity.