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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 
May 27th, 2018


My Dear Friends in Christ,

Last Sunday on Pentecost we celebrated God, the Holy Spirit. Next Sunday, on the feast of Corpus Christi, we will commemorate the real presence of God, the Son, in the Eucharist. Today, we celebrate the very essence of God and the definition of what it means to be a Christian, in the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

The word “Trinity” does not appear in Scripture, though all three persons are identified in it. The Early Church Father Tertullian was the first to use the term, more than a century after Jesus rose from the dead. His work and that of others who followed, such as Saint Augustine, gave us a theological language and understanding of what was originally revealed in Scripture.

There are religions which profess belief in Jesus but do not recognize the Trinity. It is important that we understand an essential truth – you cannot have one without the other. As we pray in the Glory Be prayer, God has been, and always will be, one God in three persons. This solemnity allows us to be clear in our own minds and hearts regarding who God is and how his divinity affects our humanity.

The Trinity is about relationship, unity, and love. It is the unceasing love of the Father and the Son that generates the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit for all eternity. The Trinity is a model for us, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Saint Paul tells us today that since we refer to God as Abba, then we are all his sons and daughters, brothers and sisters in Christ. Inasmuch as we seek relationship, unity and love in the Church, then we are truly seeking the path that will lead all of us to God’s kingdom, where we will see him as he truly is.

We hear today from the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel.  Jesus, his mission accomplished, is returning to home to heaven forty days after his resurrection. He gives his final command to the Apostles that they should go out to all the world, baptizing new disciples, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Notice, Jesus doesn’t tell them to baptize in the “names” of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Rather, he purposely uses the singular, demonstrating that the three are in fact one.

This solemnity of the Trinity communicates many rich truths about our Catholic Christian faith: just because we can’t fully comprehend something does not make it false or myth – just mystery. We can be sure that the God who spoke to Moses at the burning bush was the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the same Father of the Son Jesus; and the same God who invites us into relationship with him today.

As we discover more about who God is and how much he loves us, we come to a better understanding of who we are called to be and how much love we’ve been given to share!

In Christ,
 

Pastor 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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