Why does God reveal Himself to us in a way that we cannot fully understand?
The Holy Trinity is the term used to express the central doctrine on the Christian religion: the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, these Three Persons being truly distinct from one another. There is one being, with one nature and there are Three Persons.
We know this from the two sources of Revelation:
First Jesus taught his disciples to recognise in Himself the Eternal Son of God.
When His ministry was drawing to a close, He promised that the Father would send them another Divine Person, the Holy Spirit, in His place.
Finally after the resurrection, He revealed the doctrine in explicit terms, bidding them:
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is a mystery, it cannot be understood by reason. We cannot see it, we cannot imagine it, it is a perplexing mystery. How is it that the Three Persons are not three beings but one Being? How is it that Three Persons are distinct but none have something that the other hasn’t got?
The greatest minds for two thousand years have reflected on the mystery, have tried to penetrate it, have tried to understand it. In the end they end their endeavour by simply gazing in wonder and adoration.
The light by which we know the Blessed Trinity is not that of reason but that of the supernatural virtue of Faith. We believe in the Blessed Trinity not because we can see it but because God has told us of Himself.
But why does God wish to reveal things that we cannot understand? What’s the point? If God has given us a finite intellect, why give us something infinite that we can never compass? Although we cannot understand the mystery entirely, we can know God better (He did make us to know Him afterall) and so to love Him better.
What is precious to us, my dear breathren, on this earth?
In the Most Holy Trinity, God exposes himself to be all of these things. Although all God’s works outside Himself are works of the three Persons acting together, we appropriate actions to an individual Person to reflect their individual attributes. And so we can say that:
Today let us return the love that is due to our Father, to our Saviour, and to the One Who holds us ever in His embrace, showering us with gifts.
We make this prayer through the Blessed Virgin Mary, daughter of the Father, mother of the Son and spouse of the Holy Ghost.