Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

The solemnity that we are celebrating today celebrates not just a saint or an event of our salvation. It is the feast of God himself. We celebrate God as He revealed himself to us: three persons in one God, or one God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Our Trinitarian God is the greatest of all Christian mysteries because it is the mystery of who and what God is. We would never have known about it had it not been revealed to us by God himself. Throughout the history of God’s people as we read in the scriptures, there is a revelation of the Trinity but no matter how hard we study and learn about Him, no theological explanation will be enough for us to fully understand Him. That’s just the way it is – because the moment we claim that we fully understand our God, then He ceases to be our God. No human brain can fully grasp the immensity of the Truth that is God. It is therefore right to say that our God is and will always be a mystery to us and the only way by which we can come close to fully understanding Him is to open our hearts and minds to Him in faith.

This is why perhaps the best knowledge we can have of the Blessed Trinity is not an academic but a practical knowledge. We know the Trinity when we practice charity. When we love, then we come to know God who is love – one God in three persons united by infinite love. And we can preach the Trinity best not by theological explanations, which will always fall short of the truth, but through our lives of love and unity with one another.

We may not have a full knowledge of who or what God is, but we sure can show one another that we have faith in Him by our lives lived in love.

In Christ, Fr. Maro