Are you in on this mystery? Print E-mail
Sunday scripture column

Sunday, May 27

The Solemnity of the   Most Holy Trinity

Dt 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22
Rom 8:14-17
Mt 28:16-20

Trinity Sunday -- time for the big mystery. After moving through the story of salvation from Christmas to Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost, we stand back and look with awe at the God who has been revealed. Now we can see that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Three Persons, one God: We see, but cannot understand. And even the most gifted homilist cannot help us much to wrap our minds around this reality.

And yet, while the mystery of the Trinity is unique, we live with the inconceivable all the time. The deer hunter sitting in the blind, looking and listening, cannot grasp the eons that went into setting up that moment in the woods.

The important thing about this feast is not how much of it we understand but where we stand in relation to it. Is the mystery of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- something we really do know, even though we do not understand?

That's the possibility that St. Paul is addressing. By God's grace and through Jesus' death and resurrection, together with the Holy Spirit living in us, we can know God as Father. "You received a Spirit of adoption," Paul says, "through whom we cry, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Rom 8:15-16).

Without understanding how this is or how God is, we can be drawn into the love between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Sitting in church before Mass, one can feel at home. "This is where I belong, I know why I'm here."

Inside I know who wants me to be here. I know what we're going to do -- who we're going to thank, and what we're going to thank him for, who is going to come to me, who is going to be with me when I leave. That would be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Kevin Perrotta is the editor and an author of the Six Weeks with the Bible series (Loyola Press), teaches part time at Siena Heights University, and leads Holy Land pilgrimages. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.