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Trinity: It’s all about family

Medieval painting of the TrinityArnold Heredia, retired Melbourne priest, shares his homily for Trinity Sunday. He explains why the Trinity may not be beyond our comprehension.     

Ask anyone for a feedback about the Holy Trinity and you will most probably get these answers: ‘It’s a mystery of our faith.’ ‘The Trinity is about one God and three Persons’ or ‘Three Persons who are one God.’ How to make sense of this?

If you open the bible to the very first chapter, in the first three verses you will find a cryptic reference to the Holy Trinity. ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ We know this refers to the Father. ‘… the earth was a formless void … and God’s Spirit hovered over the water.’ Who does this ‘Spirit’ refer to? Yes, the Holy Spirit! “God said, ‘Let there be light.’” In other words whichever Word God uttered that thing became a reality. In the opening words of John’s gospel we read: ‘In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God and the Word was God.’ A little later John says: ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’ Without doubt this Word who became flesh and dwelt among us is Jesus! (Gen 1:1-3, Jn 1: 1-3, 14)

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