“… in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Today is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. During Easter we celebrated the raising of Jesus, the Son of God, from the dead. Last Sunday, we commemorated Pentecost, the first coming of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples, the beginning of our Church. Today we recall and reflect upon faith and belief in one God, one Lord: not in the unity of a single person, but in a Trinity of one substance (Preface).

Throughout the history of our Church, many learned theologians and holy women and men have attempted to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity. I say “attempted” because many of the mysteries of our faith go beyond human understanding. It will only be at the end of time, in the next life, that these mysteries will be revealed and completely understood.

Until then to our simple way of thinking, the significance of this great feast is that God loves us, each and every one of us, and will stop at nothing to reveal Himself to us: through the example of the life, death and resurrection of His Son; through the sacraments that He has given us, particularly the Eucharist which our young people at Wotton and Thornbury received for the first time recently; and through the grace and peace of the Holy Spirit, the “seven-fold gifts” that lead us to new life in Him.

“Understanding”, one of the seven gifts, does not bring a complete revelation of the mysteries of faith but helps us to recognise that these mysteries are credible and not unreasonable. “Piety” is another, piety that relates not to an outward show of “excessive” holiness (as is often thought) but is as Pope Francis writes: “a recognition of our belonging to God, our deep bond with Him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him, even during the most difficult and troubled moments.”

Through Father, Son and Holy Spirit may we embrace God with our love as He embraces us and likewise our neighbour, families and friends both in this life and the next.

Deacon Lawrence



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