he doctrine of the Trinity – God as a communion of three divine Persons in one divine nature – is the most essential doctrine of our faith.
We were baptized in the names of the three persons of the Trinity and we sign ourselves often with the sign of the Trinity. We profess our faith in the creed at Mass, each Sunday.
In our first reading from Exodus 34 we hear the story of God renewing his covenant with Moses. Prior to this happening, the chosen people of Israel had broken the 1st Commandment by worshipping a golden calf. In Exodus 20, God had said “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me.” This was the first commandment and the people had made a big mistake in making the golden calf and worshipping it. God could have withdrawn his covenant but he did not. Instead he renewed it and the tablets were struck again and he forgave His chosen people.
God has also renewed his covenant with us through his Son, Jesus Christ, and we hear the famous passage from John 3:16 today that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
And just last weekend we celebrated the coming of God the Holy Spirit, our advocate, who we receive at Baptism and at Confirmation so that we can be the best Christians we can be in a world that needs the triune God so much.
So as we contemplate this great doctrine of our Church, the Most Holy Trinity, may we thank God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for our faith and for the sure hope that we will not perish but might have eternal life, thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Have a blessed week and Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Robert L. Pope, Jr.
" Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit".