Saint Anne Parish
From Fr. Brito, Pastor
Th Most Holy Trinity
Message from Fr. Brito,
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not so much a mystery, as it is mystery being revealed. The mystery it reveals is the inner life of God. This revelation was not possible for us, unless God, himself, revealed this to us. Jesus said: no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.
The two major religions, Islam and Judaism, also believe that there is only one God, what they lack however, is the revelation that come from Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, that the inner life of God is made known to us; One God, but also three distinct persons. God is a communion of three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus says: No one knows God, except the one who comes from God. Jesus is the eternal Son of the Father and has made known to us who God is. In fact, Jesus reveals to us the Father through his own life, example and teachings. One day one of the disciples of Jesus approached him and said: “Show us the Father and that will be enough.” Jesus answered and said: “I have been with you so long and I still do not understand, whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Jesus is not the Father, but he is one with the Father and equal to his Father. He is so much like the Father, that everyone who knows him, knows his Father, but not only the Father but also the Holy Spirit.
St. Paul reminds us: “Indeed, all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall into fear; rather, you received a spirit of adoptive children that makes us exclaim: Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself joins our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. And if children, also heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ, since we suffer with him, so also will we be glorified with him.” One of Jesus' last instructions was to baptize all nations and in the Name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It is through this baptism that we are children of God. We also remain children of God, when we learn all that Jesus taught and did and when we keep His word. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we are children of God. God becomes less mysterious and more personal. We hear in the gospel: “God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son, so that all who believe in him might not perish but might have eternal life” This is the good news for those who have accepted the revelation of Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son who is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit and who is one God, a communion of the three Persons. The good news plainly is that we are called to unity or communion with the Most Blessed and Holy Trinity. Amen