The Most Holy Trinity – Year C

Begotten Not Made by Bishop Barron

  • Bishop Barron looks at the Nicene Creed and an explanation of why Arianism was condemned.
  • Jesus is other than the Father and came forth from the Father, but is a perfect image of the Father: God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God… a perfect participation from whom he comes forth… the same substance.
  • Council of Nicaea was the Gettysburg of Christianity – Paul Tillig
  • Every single Sunday we stand up together and say, Arius you were wrong.


Opening the Word by Formed (Julianna Miles)

What does God as Trinity have do with my life? Why is it important that God is a Trinity of Persons: Father Son and Holy Spirit?

Today’s Gospel helps us answer this question!

  • Jesus is describing a relationship of giving and receiving. Personal intimate glimpse into the life of God – self-giving love in relationship – a communion of life and love – a relationship of total self-giving love – we know this about God b/c he did this for us in the person of Jesus – gave himself on the cross and gives himself to us in the eucharist and in the holy spirit indwelling
  • So what? What does this mean for  me?
  • Genesis 1:26 – Let us make man after our image in our likeness – God is asking us to be like Him as He is in the Trinity.
  • Trinity is meant to shape and transform our lives – to love as he loves – to give totally of ourselves in relationship to him and others
  • Being a person means striving towards self-realization (the Council text speaks of self-discovery), which can only be achieved “through a sincere gift of self”. The model for this interpretation of the person is God himself as Trinity, as a communion of Persons. To say that man is created in the image and likeness of God means that man is called to exist “for” others, to become a gift. ~ JP2  MULIERIS DIGNITATEM
    • Reference:

      Indeed, the Lord Jesus, when He prayed to the Father, “that all may be one … as we are one” (John 17:21–22) opened up vistas closed to human reason, for He implied a certain likeness between the union of the divine Persons, and the unity of God’s sons in truth and charity. This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself. ~ Gaudium et Spes 24

  • What can I give in this relationship? How can I give of myself in a way that is totally self-less in a communion of love.
  • Take this to my prayer life – are my relationships modelled on Trinity or are they selfish?


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