HOMILY Theme: Our belief in the Trinity

By: Fr. Benny Tuazon


Homily for Sunday.

(Jn. 3:16-18) Trinity Sunday,

In today’s Gospel Jesus revealed Himself as the Messiah, the one sent by the Father to proclaim the Good News of salvation and restore man to his true destiny. Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus. Today we celebrate our faith in the Trinity. God our Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Spirit, our Advocate. The Preface today enlightens us regarding their relationship and nature. It says:
“For what you have revealed to us of your glory
we believe equally of your Son
and of the Holy Spirit,
so that, in the confessing of the true and eternal Godhead,
you might be adored in what is proper to each Person,
their unity in substance,
and their equality in majesty.”

Our belief in the Trinity was revealed through time. Since the moment of Creation up to the present, God continues to reveal Himself to us. At a certain point, our fathers and the leaders of the Church came to the realization that God was not only Father but also Son and Spirit. Also, at a certain point, due to some questions and controversies, our faith in One God as Triune was established. It was not a belief that can be fully explained and made clear by human logic. But it is believed in faith and testified to by experience. It was not an instant knowledge and belief. It was gradually arrived at.


The Preface tells us that the Father, Son, and Spirit are One. We are still monotheistic, i.e. we believe in One God. But God was experienced in three persons. None is more God than the others. Not one has greater power and authority than the others. We believe they were always present from Creation to the resurrection and, now, during the awaiting of the second coming. We should not fit them against each other nor favor one. We owe to the one God everything.

Instead of us being confused by the Trinity, we ought to be thankful to God for revealing Himself in some specific terms. Creation revealed to us God as Father. He gave us life and provided us everything we needed to sustain life and attain salvation. Jesus, the Savior, the Second Person of the Trinity, made possible for God to be seen, heard, and felt. Becoming one like us is the height of God’s compassion. God is not anymore watching from a distance but personally attended to us. Finally, the Spirit assured us of God’s constant presence. In and through the Spirit, God is always present and active.

The belief in the Trinity is a great truth. We are glad our faith discerned this truth. Let us give regard to the Trinity always.



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