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Notes from Fr. Vitalis

The Most Holy Trinity Is The Central Mystery of Our Faith


Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the most important mystery of our faith- the Most Holy Trinity. We celebrate God, who revealed himself as “the eternal exchange of love Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.” We lack words to express or even comprehend fully this most wonderful truth about God.

The Church teaches solemnly that in God there are Three Divine Persons, really distinct and equal in all things: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son. However, each of the Divine Persons is one and the self-same God.

The Three Divine Persons are co-eternal: that the Father comes from none other, that the Son was begotten eternally of the Father, and the Holy Spirit comes eternally from the Father and the Son as from one source. All the attributes of the Divine Essence are present to the Three Divine Persons. We speak of God as one Nature, Three in Persons.

Every Sunday we proudly recite this belief in the Creed during Mass. It helps us to affirm our belief in the in God who first loved us. Moses spoke to his people about God and how God loved and cared for them. As we listen to the words of Moses, we hear certain key ideas about God and the way he operates in the history of his chosen people. God creates, speaks, chooses, acts, and commands. Jesus re-echoes Moses’ words and goes further to live them out. He says in the Gospel “Everything has been given to me by my Father.” With this power he commands his disciples to go into the world and proclaim the good news and make new disciples in the name of the most Holy Trinity.

The mission is well spelled out for us. It begins with a new appreciation of God’s nature. His closeness to us, his transcendence and personal love speaks of God, who desires to have a loving relationship with us. Saint Paul speaks of the Spirit of God’s Son now empowering us to address God with the same intimacy as Jesus himself. Now we can approach God with love and respect because we are his adopted sons and daughters. “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity. In the “name” and not “names” of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity we are baptized. For there is only one God, the almighty Father, his Son, and the Holy Spirit. This remains the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them.

Moses enjoins the Israelites to keep the Lord Statues and Commandments so that they may prosper. Jesus gives us life in abundance to those who follow him. There is life and power in this revealed name. Be not afraid to call on his name for help. He promised to stay with us till the end of the age. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, it is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.


Grace and Peace To you,

Fr. Vitalis Anyanike, Pastor