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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 22, 2016

A REFLECTION OF THE TRIUNE GOD

If the concept of the Triune God – the Holy Trinity – is a confusing one to you, then don’t be surprised, since this concept rattled the church for the first 4 centuries of its existence. After all, we are discussing the very nature of God. I suppose, if we could understand God’s nature, then God wouldn’t be much of a God. . . .

The problem of the early church though is quite simple: how to you hold the Shema (the Hebrew directive to believe in and love the one true God) with the teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus?

In its struggle, the church considered everything from tri-theism, monarchism and modalism and just and about everything in between. Finally, St. Basil along with Gregory and Augustine, offered clarity.

So first, let us see if we cannot get a glimpse into the nature of God; and then let us consider what it means for us, since we are, after all, made in God’s image and likeness.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Trinity Sunday (Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15)

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