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Reflections 11th June 2017

A Reflection for The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

JN: 3:16-18 ( http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/061117.cfm )

Some time ago, a parishioner gave me a video to watch. It is “The Song of Bernadette”. After the opening credits it has this statement: “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”

Ultimately we believe because God wants us to believe. He sustains our belief; it’s his gift of himself to us. It is also a gift that we hold in fragile vessels. Today we celebrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity that no one quite comprehends.

God has revealed himself to us in Scripture, in the Old and New Testaments. A loving creator, and a just judge. He is Spirit. He is personal. There is no God like him. He is all-powerful, all-merciful. He is everything we can say about him – and then some!

It is a belief of apparent contradictions; one God, the Most Holy Trinity. He is Spirit, yet appeared in the flesh in Jesus; Father, Son and Spirit. Divine yet human. Above our human understanding, but we are made in his image.

In this mystery “we live and move and have our being”. Today as we bless ourselves, let the Trinity enfold us and keep us true to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is not an abstract idea but a community in which we are called to live.


Joe Glynn C.S.Sp. –  Fr. Joe has ministered in Sierra Leone, and in formation ministry in both Ghana and Ireland. Currently he is regional delegate of the Irish Province in North America and resident in San Francisco.