The Most Holy Trinity


By John Dalla Costa

Like others who recite the Liturgy of the Hours, we at St. Basil’s have adopted the practice of bowing when praying the “Glory Be.” Four times during every Lauds and Vespers we bow to bodily show our reverence for our Triune God.

With today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity we may ask ourselves how to enact the due reverence in our everyday lives? To be a Christian is by definition to be immersed in Trinitarian love. What does this spiritual truth mean in practice?

The followers who knew Jesus personally, as well as those like Paul who converted after the Ascension, experienced the Trinity profoundly in their prayers before it was formalized by theologians. Faithful Jews who fiercely protected the Oneship of God met God so radically in Jesus that they had no choice but to leap into the unifying mystery of love as embracing Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We share this Trinitarian praying at every Eucharist. The Son of God offers himself for us, in thanksgiving to the Father, and to raise us through the Holy Spirit into our destiny with God. More than encounter Trinity, holy communion sanctifies us to participate in the very nature of God. For being included in this profusion of love, the most important reverence to Trinity happens when we recognize that-of-God in persons, beliefs or circumstances that are most unsettling, or even inimical to us. “The irreducible multiplicity of human life,” explained Hans Urs von Balthasar, “…appears to be paradoxical or even illogical only to one who does not know God’s trinitarian being.”

Shocked by recent terrorist acts, immersed in our world’s divisive politics, and cajoled ever-more aggressively into self-satisfying competition, today’s divisiveness seems intractable. Trinity is the only answer and antidote for these great anxieties because it consecrates diversity.

As Pope Francis explained at Pentecost, to “become a Christian of the “right” or “left”” is a contradiction. Especially today, recognizing that difference is holy is the best and most important way to revere God and make God’s hope tangible to our divided world.

Sunday’s Readings:

Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

John 3:16-18