Holy Trinity Solemnity Meditation: “Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One” – Vatican News

The Jesuit father Adrien Lentiampa introduces us to meditation with the readings of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.

First reading: Pr 8, 22-31

Psalm: Ps 8, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Second reading: Rm 5, 1-5

Gospel: Jn 16, 12-15

Dear Brothers, Dear Sisters,

Last Sunday, we closed the Easter season with the celebration of Pentecost. To resume Ordinary Time, which was suspended with the beginning of Lent, the Church gives us, today, to contemplate the great mystery of the Holy Trinity. Why contemplate this mystery at the end of the Easter season? It is because the Church invites us to live our Christian life, in daily life, under the auspices of the mystery of the Holy Trinity. For this mystery reveals to us the very logic of God, his interior life.

Indeed, the Holy Trinity first reveals to us the uniqueness of God. “God is the Unique, the only God: there are no others”. And if God is the only one, there is no confusion in him. Confusion sets in when there is a multiplicity of interests, which creates the difference. Now, the unity of the three persons of the Trinity is so intense that the knowledge of one is the knowledge of the other. Thus, Jesus will say to Philip: “who has seen me has seen the Father!”. Jesus and the Father are one. And this unity is expressed in the Spirit who takes up what the Father gives to the Son to make it known to us who have become his children through the death and resurrection of this Only Son.

Thus, the unique God whom we adore is not self-closure, but always already openness and self-giving. This is how in the Gospel that is offered to us today, Jesus tells us: “All that the Father has is mine!”. And what does God have first but life? This is why he gives life to the Son, so that Jesus can manifest him to us as Father. And the first reading teaches us that the Creator of life finds his delight in this gift of himself in his Son. So when the Father creates the world, He does it not for himself, but for his Son, to establish him as heir of all things and to unite all things in heaven and on earth in him. And, when Jesus comes to earth, his desire is to please the Father and to obey him, glorifying him with the gift of his life. Also, when, on the cross, the Son gives up the Spirit (the Spirit of self-giving), it is so that the will of the Father may be accomplished in the Son; this will being to bring every creature to its fulfilment, saving all humanity and the whole universe. The Trinity thus reveals to us that God is selfless love itself.

If, therefore, to celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity, this Sunday’s Gospel insists on the gift of the Holy Spirit in each of us, it is to remind us that this same Spirit must be in us the fulfillment of the will of God to bring everything back to the Son. Our life, in this ordinary time, must be the fulfillment, the return of ourselves to the bosom of God through Jesus Christ. In our daily life, we are invited not to make vain the Easter suffered by Jesus Christ in order to bring us back to the Father; we are invited to make fruitful “the love of God which has been poured out in our hearts by the Spirit who has been given to us”.

Let us therefore pray to the Lord that the mystery of the Trinity nourish our daily life; witnessing, day after day, to the immense love of the Father manifested in the gift of his Son. Let us pray that, as the mystery of the Holy Trinity reveals to us, no particularity, which can characterize each of us, will constitute a reason for confusion or division. Thus, as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are One, we will find our unity in God, and we will live united as brothers with each other.


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