Reflection: Holy Trinity

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Pr.8:22-31; Ps.8; 2nd Reading – Rom.5:1-5; Gospel – Jn.16:12-15]


The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity that we are celebrating today is not intended to explain the mystery that it proclaims.  Being a mystery it is never going to be understood if not when in the presence of the Holy Trinity itself. At the same time, though a mystery, it still invites us to think and therefore to meditate upon and see what the word of Jesus wants to tell us to communicate the truth that Jesus is speaking about.

In these last few Sundays we have been hearing about the Holy Spirit. Jesus was saying that He was going to the Father and that He was going to ask the Father to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.

Jesus knows our human weaknesses. Our fragile brain cannot contain all that Jesus said at the time and continues to say today … because our brain has a limited capacity. It would be “too much” for us and it would only confuse our ideas. Our brain needs help to “understand” and “keep in mind” what Jesus says, especially since Jesus talks not only to everyone, in a general way, but also to the individual who is ready to listen to Him, in a “private” way. It is here that we need special help to be able to understand this personal characteristic! At the same time, it is at this very moment that the Holy Spirit comes to our aid. He will teach us the complete truth. This does not mean that we will understand everything, but it means that we’ll have the “complete truth”.  Although we already have the truth through Jesus, it will only be “complete” through the Holy Spirit, if we create a relationship with Him. If we do not have a relationship with Him, He cannot come to us … and He cannot lead us to the complete truth.…  It all depends on the relationship that we create with Him.

Talking about relationships, we are told that the Holy Spirit will do nothing from Himself because what He will say is (1) taken from what is Jesus’ and (2) what He has learnt from the Father. It is through the relationship that exists between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit that we can understand something about God.  It is through this relationship between the three persons of the Trinity that we can have a glimpse of what our relationship with God should be, to be able to enter into the mystery of the Trinity. It is through the relationship that exists in God, who is mysteriously Three in One that we can understand what Jesus, the God-made-Man, said and did for our Salvation. It is through the same relationship that we can understand how much love the Father was ready to share with us in sending Jesus to be our model and guide in life to take us back to the Father. It is through this relationship that we can understand the power of the Holy Spirit to give life to the world.

“Lord God, your word is difficult to understand and sometimes we just close our minds and hearts to it. Give us the wisdom to be able to do everything in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Thank You Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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