Is Holy Trinity Reflected in Families?

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Is Holy Trinity Reflected in Families?


By Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD

A certain politician was asked who is the First Person of the Holy Trinity.

The inquirer expected him to answer "God the Father" but the politician said: "Harold." "Harold?" replied the puzzled man. "How come?"

"Listen to this," he said: "Our Father who art in heaven Harold be they name...' See, Harold is his name!" (He meant 'hallowed').

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That joke only shows how "mysterious" the Holy Trinity is. St. Patrick of Ireland used as analogy the shamrock leaf. It has three leaflets but only one stem. Others use the example of water, which can exist in three different forms: Ice, liquid, and steam but they're one and the same water.

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Why should we Christians believe in a three-in-one God? It's simply because Jesus Christ revealed it to us. The Lord said: "The Father and I are one." "I will send to you the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth." Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus said: "Go into the whole world; teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit."

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The Holy Trinity is not completely beyond comprehension. God communicated Himself and the Trinitarian family to mankind in a human form that could be felt, touched, heard, and understood through Jesus Christ.

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Through His Son, God the Father revealed His main attribute which is love. This Sunday's gospel declares: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (Jn. 3:16).

Moreover, love is the bond that unites the Trinitarian family of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If there's ever a most appropriate place where the love of the Holy Trinity can be reflected, it is in the family. …

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