In His Image and Likeness

In His Image and Likeness

At the beginning of every Mass, the celebrant invokes the Trinitarian greeting: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all! He also ends up with the final blessing invoking the three persons in one God.

In the Book of Deuteronomy, our ancestors in the faith came to know their God as the Lord, more powerful than the other gods.  The Hebrews came to know God as the greatest and the only God.  They came to know their God more and more through the marvelous works they experienced throughout their history as a people. They came to know God as a just God as well as a loving and caring God, merciful and slow to anger.

When Jesus came to our world, he taught us to see God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  One of the ways we get to know God as Father is through the world of creation and through God’s providential love for us.  We know God as Son through the ministry of Jesus among us.  We get to know God as Holy Spirit through the Spirit’s presence and work in us and in the Church.  This is the celebration we mark today.  We celebrate God whom we have come to learn through our faith as Father, as Son and as Holy Sprit, three persons in one God.

Throughout the history of our salvation, God has gradually prepared us by  word and action for the ultimate disclosure of Himself as Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In a very special way, the mystery of the Holy Trinity was revealed in the person, words and works of Jesus Christ.  He revealed His Father as His Father and “our” Father and Himself as God’s eternal and divine Son.  He also made known a third divine person, the Holy Spirit, the lord and giver of life, whom the Father and He, as risen Lord, would send to His Church. He calls His disciples to become God’s children through the gift of the Spirit which He bestows on them.

As we celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday, let us celebrate our uniqueness as individual persons and our unity as community which manifest the diversity of the three persons in one God.  Let us celebrate our being created in God’s image and likeness.