Sunday Devotional: For there are three

A commonly omitted part of a well known sentence often used in secular speech but not so intended: “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, ‘If he continue in my word, then are yet my disciples indeed;'” followed by “‘And he shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'” John 8: 31,32, KJV

Fellowship of the Minds

Genesis 1:26

And God said,
Let us make man
in our image,
after our likeness:

John 5:7

For there are three
that bear record in Heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost;
and these three are one.

Jesus baptismToday is the feast day of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

How can three separate persons be one? Through the centuries, our brightest and giftest theologians were unable to plumb the mystery of the Triune Godhead, that —

  • There is but one God (“And God said”, not “And the Gods said”)
  • With three separate persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (“For there are three”)
  • Who made man in their image
  • But the three persons nevertheless are one (“and the three are one”).

Here’s St. Thomas Aquinas on the mystery of the Triune Godhead, in Summa Theologica:

We cannot come to the…

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