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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 18, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity—one God in Three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The words "Holy Spirit" and "Holy Ghost" are interchangeable, since "spirit" is directly translated from the Latin "Sanctus Spiritus"-while "ghost" is the Old English word for spirit.

How do you explain the Holy Trinity? You don't really. It's beyond our human reason. Just use multiplication-three times one still equals three. Right? But three Persons times One God equals One God. Now, if you want to carry it further, you'll get dizzy and may even suffer a headache. At this point, you really should give up!

Logic doesn't carry us very far in trying to explain the mystery of three Persons in one God. St. Anselm had it right a long time ago when he wrote, "I don't understand so that I can believe; I believe so that I can understand." Just believe Jesus' teaching that there is a Holy Trinity.

From there, let's look at our heart's experience of God's beauty, His wisdom, His mercy, and His limitless love. It's as though someone were to ask you, "Do you believe in sunsets.or mountain tops.or starry nights?" We'd tell them, "Just go out and watch a sunset.just go up and sit on a mountain top.just go out on a warm summer evening, lie on your back, and gaze up at a sky filled with stars!"

God is powerful, and eternally in motion. Think of a celebration that never comes to an end. At a celebration, there are people-there's action, music, food and drink, and a good time. So-the life of the Holy Trinity is like an eternal party. God the Father loves the Son without interruption, and the Son returns that Love with every breath of His being-and that breath becomes the Holy Spirit of Them both-full of the power of love and jubilant motion.

God the Father is like a beautiful sunset, soothing and quieting my soul.

God the Son is like a lover-forgiving and tender, feeding my hunger, satisfying my desire.

And the Holy Spirit is like a hot scorching fire, a whirlwind of inspiration, stirring me to intense praise and dynamic action.

Through faith, we believe that this Holy Trinity actually dwells inside the souls of the baptized when they are in a state of grace. Our only proper response to that awesome truth is: Wow!

No wonder we speak of the dignity of the Christian.

O three-personed God, I gape at the wonder of Your beauty, I glow with the light of Your Truth, I burn with the excitement of Your Life! When will I see You face to face?

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
email: pwhitmore29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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