Day 36: The Nature of the Trinity (253-256)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in heaven, we praise you and glorify you. We know that you revealed yourself through the Son, you continue to reveal yourself and come to us in the power of the Holy Spirit. You are one God and three Divine Persons. And we just ask that you, please, not only help us to see your work in this world and experience your grace in this world, but also help us to understand who you are in yourself. Not just in your works, but who you are in yourself. And let this time that we listen to these four paragraphs in the Catechism, let them just open our minds and open our hearts. That since we know you better, we can love you better. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen”

Scripture References & Reflections

- compiled by Andrew Adamany

Bible Translation - RSVCE

CCC 253 "The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity". The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: "The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God." In the words of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), "Each of the persons is that supreme reality, viz., the divine substance, essence or nature."

1 Timothy 2:5–6 

"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time."

Luke 4:8 

"And Jesus answered him, “It is written, 

‘You shall worship the Lord your God, 

and him only shall you serve.’"

Matthew 14:32–33 

"And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

John 20:26–28 

"Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Mark 3:28–29 

“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”

CCC 254 "The divine persons are really distinct from one another. "God is one but not solitary." "Father", "Son", "Holy Spirit" are not simply names designating modalities of the divine being, for they are really distinct from one another: "He is not the Father who is the Son, nor is the Son he who is the Father, nor is the Holy Spirit he who is the Father or the Son." They are distinct from one another in their relations of origin: "It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds." The divine Unity is Triune."

Mark 1:9–11 

"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”