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Holy Trinity is a truth, not a puzzle

Based on the Gospel of John 3:16-18
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – the central mystery of our faith and a beautiful mystery of love.

Our faith is based on the saving action of the Holy Trinity: God the Father created the whole world and as his children we call him “Father.” He sent his Son Jesus to rescue the human race from sin; God the Son, Jesus, became human like us, showed us how to live, died on the cross and rose from the dead so one day we can enjoy eternal happiness with him in heaven; God the Holy Spirit fills us with love, courage and grace to live our faith and to share God’s love with others.

Shortly before this Sunday’s Gospel text, during a secret nighttime conversation with Nicodemus, a Jewish councilor, Jesus taught him about divine love and salvation.

Nicodemus wondered how an old person could be born again. Jesus said that a person has to be born again of both water and the Spirit. To be born of the Spirit, a person must believe in the Son of Man. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” Jesus also pointed out that we are free to accept or reject his offer of salvation. As the conversation continued, Jesus wins over Nicodemus’ heart and he becomes a secret disciple.

At baptism, we begin our life of grace and relationship with the Trinity. We are born again of water and the Holy Spirit, freed from sin, and become members of the church. Through the other sacraments we continue to receive God’s grace to live our faith by studying the Scriptures and church teaching, leading us to a deeper relationship with him and to love one another.

It is not as important to think about the Holy Trinity as a mystery of our faith that we cannot fully understand or explain as it is to remember God’s tremendous love for us. The Holy Trinity is not a puzzle to solve but a truth to believe. God is Love!

We praise and thank you, heavenly Father, beloved Lord Jesus, and gracious Holy Spirit for all of your love.