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Most Holy Trinity

John 16: 12-15     

"I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is.


He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.


He will honour me; he will take from me and deliver it to you.


Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’




I believe  in you,

I hope in you,

I love you,

And I adore you,

O Blessed Trinity, one God;

have mercy on me now

and at the hour of my death

and save me.




There’s close – good friends.


There’s closer still – best buds, best friends, whatever you want to call it.


Then there’s the closest ever – spouse, children, significant other, etc.


And then there’s beyond close – The Holy Trinity.


Get it? Maybe.


The Gospel reading illustrates to us just how closely intertwined the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are. What binds them? Love.

Love. That just trips off the tongue, but in practice it’s not so easy because often my needs come in the way. That is just what makes the relationship of love of the Holy Trinity different. Their movement of love is completely focused on the other. It is there that the perfect relationship  exists – how could it not be.


This is what we are called to. A deep loving relationship that is focused on the needs of the other in our own lives. And this love comes from the deep, deep love that we each receive from God.




But we are not, and that is why our relationships often don’t perfectly reflect the loving relationship within the Holy Trinity. Before we all go off and slit our wrists in despair, let’s remember that it is in the effort of loving others that we draw closer to them and to God Himself until the day when we are called into perfect union with Him in heaven.


So the Holy Trinity is about love and relationship … oh yes, and about Three in One …


Well, let’s leave that mystery until another time!


Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB

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