SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, Year B. Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
One God, Three Persons!
📖Deut 4:32-34, 30-40; Psalm 33:4-5, 6 and 9, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v12b); Rom 8:14-17; Matt 28:16-20
The mystery we celebrate today can be explained very simply. There are three distinct Persons in one God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. God the Father is not the Son, neither is He the Holy Spirit. God the Son is not the Father, neither is He the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit is not the Father, neither is He the Son. However, God the Father is God, God the Son is God and God the Holy Spirit is also God. Now here’s the mystery: from our explanation, we should have three Gods, but we don’t. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is One and the same God.
So many instances in scripture prove this undivided Union between the Three distinct Persons in One indivisible God. Don’t try to over explain, you’ll run into confusion. Don’t just say ‘Oh it’s a mystery, we need not explain it at all’. In the first reading, Moses encourages the people to keep God’s commandments so that they may prosper. In the second reading, St Paul informs the Romans that the Holy Spirit they received has made them sons, making them heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. In the gospel reading, Jesus gives his supreme authority to his disciples, and encourages them to baptise all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Friends, only God can be three and yet remain one. We must learn a lesson of absolute love and cooperation from the Holy Trinity. In our own lives and in our relationship with others, we must show that we’re children of the Trinity, after all, the apple does not fall far from the tree.
Happy Trinity Sunday to you dearest friends…