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Trinity Whom I Adore

                      O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore

            During our Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel dedicated in a special way to the Century of Love centennial celebration in our Diocese of Lafayette, Fr. Juan Elias Medina, OCD chose to focus on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity as the bedrock of our faith and the ultimate source of life and love upon which our diocese was founded 100 years ago. “Whatever is most intimate in a person’s heart can’t be revealed unless they freely give it.  The mystery of God’s life as Trinity is what is most intimate to Him and He entrusts that secret to us,” Fr. Medina stated. “Are we willing to allow the Trinity to surprise us?” he asked.       

            In Holy Scripture, we find that God has revealed Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A Trinity of Persons, but one God—eternal Being (“I Am Who Am” Exodus 3:14).

 

“In the beginning the Word
was; he lived in God
and possessed in him
his infinite happiness.
That same Word was God,
who is the Beginning;
he was in the beginning
and had no beginning.
He was himself the Beginning
and therefore had no beginning.
The Word is called Son;
he was born of the Beginning
who had always conceived him,
giving of his substance always,
yet always possessing it.
And thus the glory of the Son
was the Father’s glory,
and the Father possessed
all his glory in the Son.
As the lover in the beloved
each lived in the other,
and the Love that unites them
is one with them,

their equal, excellent as
the One and the Other:
Three Persons, and one Beloved
among all three.”

          (Romances, St. John of the Cross)
 

 

     As seen above, Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross, in line with the writings of St. Augustine, sees the three Persons in God as Lover, Beloved and the Love that unites them. “God is love” (1 Jn. 4:17), John the Evangelists teaches us.  In God the Trinity, there is this life of love and self-giving—a constant movement of love from One Person to the Other. “A Divine Person is a subsisting (existing), eternal relationship,” Fr. Juan Elias explained according to the doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas. “With this understanding, what does it mean for us to be a human person?” Father asked.  “Relationship!” he answered. “How does the Trinity impact our humanity? The full truth of our humanity is not to be found in the garden of Eden, but in the Trinity!”

     Displayed in the sanctuary throughout the Novena was a copy of Andrei Rublev’s famous Russian icon of the Trinity written in the early 15thCentury. It is his most famous work and is considered the highest achievement of Russian art. It depicts the biblical scene from the Book of Genesis, known as The Hospitality of Abraham.  Abraham ‘was sitting at the door of his tent in the heat of the day’ by the Oak of Mamre and saw three men standing in front of him, who were later revealed as angels. When he saw them, ‘Abraham ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed down to the earth.’ He then ordered a servant boy to prepare a meal for them, waiting on them under a tree, as they ate (Genesis 18:1–8). In Christian tradition, the three guests of the Patriarch Abraham, were later understood as a revelation of the Trinity. Rublev’s remarkable icon depicts these three ‘angels’ seated at table before the meal. The position of their bodies form a circular movement.  In the background can be seen the home of Abraham, the Oak of Mamre, and Mount Moriah. 

     We are each invited to participate in the life and love of the Trinity.  For this we were created.  It is through our prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ and the impulse of the Holy Spirit that we are enabled to enter fully into this divine life.  St. Elizabeth of the Trinity sang the praises of our Triune God in an excerpt of this beautiful prayer:

     O My God, Trinity Whom I adore, . . . may each minute carry me further into the depths of your Mystery. Give peace to my soul, make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. . . May my life be but a radiance of Your life. . . O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness.