*A WORD FOR TODAY*
*THE MOST HOLY TRINITY IS WITH US, FEAR NOT!
_"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20)_
_*Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It is the central mystery of the Christian faith and it shows us the beauty of our faith in the one triune God of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.*_
_This doctrine summarizes the basic truth of our Christian faith and holds that we are are saved by God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a dogma of our faith and holds that the Trinity is one, One God in three persons and the divine persons are really distinct from one another._
_*The Word Trinity cannot be found in either the Old or New Testament of the Scripture, but we see that the essential elements of what will become this doctrine are contained in it.*_
_In the Old Testament, God is depicted as the Father of the people of Israel and It is shown through the concepts of Word (Dabar), Spirit (Ruah), Wisdom (Hokmah), and Presence (Shekinah). In the New Testament God is called the Father of Jesus Christ 170 times and Jesus is united to the Father as the Son, but He will acknowledge in John 10:30 that He is one with the Father._
_*Even from the beginning at creation (Genesis 1:26) we see God manifest Himself as the Trinity when He said, "Let us make man in our own image and likeness". In the gospel reading of today we see that the baptismal formula given by Christ to His disciples is Trinitarian in nature. The account of Jesus' baptism in Matthew 3:16-17 also shows us the unity in the Trinity. The benedition in 2 Corinthians 13:14 is also a reference to the Trinity. We are baptised not in the name of the Son alone, but in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Trinity is in us and the life we are called to live is a Trinitarian one. We must acknowledge that the Father is not the Son and the Spirit, but He is wholly in the Son and the Spirit and the Son and the Spirit is wholly in the Father (Council of Florence 1442) and together they take care of us not as three different Gods, but as one God in three persons. The divine persons are distinct and utterly unique in their personal identity. It is a mystery and a dogma of our faith and we must believe it because God has revealed it to us. The doctrine of the Trinity affirms both unity of substance (ousia) and diversity of persons (hypostasis).*_
_This doctrine was formulated in the fourth century through the efforts of Saints Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzus and Gregory of Nyssa to counter the heretical teaching of Arius, an Alexandria priest who said that Jesus is less than God, but higher than other creatures. He said that the Son is not one substance with the father, not equal to the Father, not co-eternal with the Father, He is created and hence is not God. The Council of Nicaea 325 was convoked to address the issue and they formulated the creed that contained anti- Arian elements. It said that the Son is of the same substance (homoousios) with the Father and He is begotten and not made. The Council of Constantinople 381 further consolidated on the declarations that were made at Nicaea._
_*We must believe in the Trinity and live a life that reflects the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We must live in love and we must be united as they are united. We must no longer be afraid, because the Trinity is in us and they wilm take care of us at all times. We must strive to obey God's commandment always and teach others to do the same and we shall be blessed in the land and the favour of the Lord shall be upon us. In the Trinity we find love, peace, generosity, unity and respect. Baptism launches us into the mystery of the life of the Trinity. Mark of the Trinity is seen in families and communities where we have dialogue, love and collaboration. We must continue to live a life that reflects the Trinity, the Father created and sought sought us (Psalm 139), the Son redeemed and bought us with a price after the fall (1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 5:9,) and the Holy Spirit sanctifies and teaches us. (John 16:13).*_
_Good morning dearest one. SmileðŸ˜Šas you do you begin your day and do have a beautiful Sunday. May the Most Blessed Trinity give you the grace to live a Trinitarian life her in earth. Amen. *And may the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.*_
*Meditation:* Deuterenomy 4:32-34, 39-40/Psalm 33:4-6,9,18-22/Romans 8:14-17, Matthew 28:16-20
*Watch-Word:* Blessed the people the Lord has chosen as His heritage.
*Glory be the the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end Amen.*
(Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Cycle B)