One of the aspects of God that the Jewish Scriptures never fully revealed is that ours is a triune God. Now that our long celebration of Easter, which concentrated on the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, has concluded and we have commemorated the Holy Spirit last week at Pentecost, today we have the opportunity to appreciate the fuller context of God being three Persons in one nature.
The dogma of faith we celebrate on this 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 feast of the Blessed Trinity can be seen as a kind of finale to all the preceding feasts: the mystery of the Trinity is a synthesis of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost. All three divine Persons contributed to and shared in the work of redemption:
- The Father sent the 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.
- After Christ’s ascension, the Holy Spirit became our Teacher, our Leader, our Guide, our Consoler.