Ordinary Time: May 26th
The fundamental dogma, on which everything in Christianity is based, is
that of the Blessed Trinity, in whose name all Christians are baptized.
The feast of the Blessed Trinity needs to be understood and celebrated as
a prolongation of the mysteries of Christ, and as the solemn expression
of our faith in this triune life of the Divine Persons, to which we have
been given access by Baptism and by the Redemption won for us by Christ.
Only in heaven, shall we properly understand what it means, in union with
Christ, to share as sons in the very life of God.
The feast of the Blessed Trinity was introduced in the ninth century and
was only inserted in the general calendar of the Church in the fourteenth
century by Pope John XXII. But the cultus of the Trinity is, of course,
to be found throughout the liturgy. Constantly the Church causes us to
praise and adore the thrice-holy God, who has so shown His mercy towards
us and has given us to share in His life.
The dogma of faith, which forms the object of the feast is this: There is
one God, and in this one God there are three Divine Persons; the Father
is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. Yet, there are not three
Gods, but one, eternal, incomprehensible God! The Father is not more God
than the Son, neither is the Son more God than the Holy Spirit. The
Father is the first Divine Person; the Son is the second Divine Person,
begotten from the nature of the Father from eternity; the Holy Spirit is
the third Divine Person, proceeding from the Father and the Son. No
mortal can fully fathom this sublime truth. But I submit humbly and say:
Lord, I believe, help my weak faith.
Why is this feast celebrated at this particular time? It may be
interpreted as a finale to all the preceding feasts. All three Persons
contributed to and shared in the work of redemption. The Father sent His
Son to earth, for "God so loved the world as to give His
only-begotten Son." The Father called us to the faith. The Son, our
Savior Jesus Christ, became man and died for us. He redeemed us and made
us children of God. He ever remains the liturgist par excellence
to whom we are united in all sacred functions. After Christ's ascension
the Holy Spirit, however, became our Teacher, our Leader, our Guide, our
Consoler. On solemn occasions, a thanksgiving Te Deum rises
spontaneously from Christian hearts.
The feast of the Most Holy Trinity may well be regarded as the Church's
Te Deum of gratitude over all the blessings of the Christmas and
Easter seasons; for this mystery is a synthesis of Christmas, Epiphany,
Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. This feast, which falls on the first
Sunday after Pentecost, should make us mindful that actually every Sunday
is devoted to the honor of the Most Holy Trinity, that every Sunday is
sanctified and consecrated to the triune God. Sunday after Sunday, we
should recall in a spirit of gratitude the gifts, which the Blessed
Trinity is bestowing upon us. The Father created and predestined us; on
the first day of the week, He began the work of creation. The Son
redeemed us; Sunday is the "Day of the Lord," the day of His
resurrection. The Holy Spirit sanctified us, made us His temple; on
Sunday the Holy Spirit descended upon the infant Church. Sunday,
therefore, is the day of the Most Holy Trinity.
Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch