In our Catholic faith, we have Mysteries. Commonly, when people use the term “mystery” it is in reference to trying to solve a problem or determine a cause, similar to Perry Mason or the game Clue. However, in the context of our Catholic faith, we use the term with a capital “M” and it refers to something beyond our capacity to fully understand. A definition of “Mystery” is, “A divinely revealed truth whose very possibility cannot be rationally conceived before it is revealed and, after revelation, whose inner essence cannot be fully understood by the finite mind.”
Because God is beyond our understanding, it is impossible for us to fully comprehend God in his totality. For example, an ant, due to its design and its capacity, is not able to understand the complexity of the totality of being human. The ant merely observes the human, but is not able to understand the human. Similarly, there are truths that are of God that we will not figure out on our own, but rather, God chooses to reveal them to us and we behold them.
The central Mystery that God revealed to humanity is that of the Holy Trinity. Sometimes, we take it for granted that we make the sign of the cross every time we pray, but we ought to realize that this is the greatest Mystery given to humanity. The Mystery of the Holy Trinity teaches that there is one God, who is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully God and at the same time, each is distinct from the other. This does not make scientific sense, which is why it required God to reveal this truth to us, otherwise we would not have known it.
What is beautiful about this Mystery, is that it is also something that brings us to awe as we come before it. The Holy Trinity is not merely a fact written in a text book, but is the active love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that inspires us and draws us in. Similar to how a beautiful painting is not merely colors placed on canvas, but it tells a story, it draws the observer in, it reveals deeper insights, it elicits emotions and ideas. That is what happens to us, only on a divine scale as we contemplate and enter into the Holy Trinity in prayer. What makes this Mystery so important, is that we were made in the “image and likeness” of this Holy Trinity. As a result, we are made both to be brought into the loving relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and at the same time, we are made for relationships with God and with each other.
Today, let us celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday with great reverence, allowing ourselves to be in awe of the great splendor and infinite beauty of who are God is. Let us behold the Mystery and allow ourselves to be love by the triune God.
Fr Nathan LaLiberte