“… When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth …”
Gospel: John 16: 12-15
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
While the term “Trinity” is more the result of early Christian communities than it is scripture, today’s Gospel helps us see the interconnectedness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This Gospel reveals Jesus’ words at the Last Supper. The disciples could not understand the meaning of Jesus’ words because they had not yet witnessed the resurrection. But Jesus explained that everything he had taught them and the witness he bore was from the Father. He assured them that He and the Spirit were one and that the Spirit spoke only what had been told by the Father through Jesus. The Spirit would remain with the community until Jesus returned in glory.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
The Holy Trinity is the supreme model for marriage and family. When couples begin to look upon themselves and their relationship in Trinitarian light, upon their bond of love which is sealed in the sacrament of matrimony, the depth and meaning of the lifetime commitment they have made to one another takes on a profound significance. This is so because marriage is to be modelled after the three divine Persons of the Trinity whose gift of themselves is one of totality, unity, and fidelity.
The Most Holy Trinity: Origin of Family Life
As we reflect on the Holy Trinity one of the first things we notice is the inseparable relationship between the three distinct Persons who are the one God. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and Son. This profound bond of unity among the three divine Persons makes them inseparable in what they are, and inseparable in what they do. This inseparable unity also occurs in matrimony: that Christian marital bond between man and wife which is established and sealed by God himself.
Let us too reflect on the life-giving aspect of the Holy Trinity. In the Nicene Creed Catholics affirm that the Holy Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son.” The Holy Spirit is often understood as the Spirit of Love who proceeds from the infinite ocean of love between Father and Son. We might therefore say that the Holy Spirit proceeds not only from the love of Father and Son but as a result of that love as well. The infinite love of Father and Son is of such intensity that the Third Person of the Holy Trinity flows forth, if you will.
This aspect of Love giving life to yet more Love is clearly what occurs in marriage when children are conceived. The man and wife, in an act of complete self-giving, produce, as a result of their own love for one another, a new life: a child whose eyes reflect the Most Holy Trinity, and whose love for the parents is so completely bound up in his or her life as to be inseparable from it. At birth, this child will look into his father’s and mother’s eyes; yet he is not meeting his parents for the first time; for he has already known and loved them. The family began existing at the moment of the child’s conception, bound together in unity and love.
- The Holy Trinity is the supreme model for marriage and family.
- In a Christian marriage there are 3 persons – Man, Woman and God.
- We are made in the image and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.