There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Sometime when we asked questions of our parents as youngsters and our parents did not have the answer, they responded: “It’s a mystery.” It stopped us from asking more questions. And so today, when we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we want a more adult answer to our questions about the Trinity than, “It’s a mystery.”
Men and women from the beginning of time until now have been blessed by the ways God communicates with them. In the Hebrew Scriptures God revealed himself and his message through intermediaries, the patriarchs and prophets. Through the person of Jesus, God revealed himself through his incarnate Son. But the Son knew that he had a limited time among the sons and daughters of men, so he made a promise to send an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to continue the way God communicates with human persons.
And in our Gospel passage today, this Advocate is called the Spirit of Truth because he will “take the things which belong to me (Jesus), and tell you of them.” And so God continues communicating in our day through the Spirit making the New Testament Scripture the truth about who we are, where we are going and how to get there.
The Trinity is mystery in the way love is a mystery. God loves us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
—Fr. Douglas Leonhardt, S.J. is associate vice-president for Mission and
Ministry at Marquette University where he is also pastoral minister for the College of Education and McCabe Residence Hall
Glory be to you, Father, who has created me in your own image and likeness and through your love sustains all living things in being.
Glory be to you, the Son, who became flesh to show me you are the way, the truth, and the life. Glory be to you, Holy Spirit, who has sanctified me in the Sacrament of Baptism and continues to enlighten me by your wisdom. Glory be to you, holy Trinity, as you were in the beginning and will be forever!
—Fr. Douglas Leonhardt, S.J.