Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph | Te Whare Karakia o Hato Pateriki raua ko Hato Hohepa | Catholic Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand

Pastor’s Note

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity ~ 7 June 2020

On the feast of the Most Holy Trinity we come face to face with the inner mystery of God as a family of persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, where there is complete harmony, love, and total peace. In case anyone is wondering what bearing the mystery of the Trinity has on our lives, it is worth remembering that scripture tells us that we are children of God the Father who cares for us, that in Jesus Christ we have a brother who died for us and that in the Holy Spirit we possess a friend and comforter who strengthens and protects us. The Trinity is an invitation to discover and deepen the relationship between God and ourselves in the light of what the gospel tells us about his inner life. If we are made in the image and likeness of God then surely we must strive to become like him as much as is humanly possible- because when life is over the fulfilment of our dreams is to be in God’s company and to see him as he really is.

However to come to an awareness of our true dignity as children of God demands a great deal of change and conversion on our part. It requires a basic readiness to let go of everything which binds us to this world. The oneness of God and the unique place he should hold in our lives brings home how easily we can be lured into worshipping false gods. It’s frightening the ease which the trappings of money, power and prestige can take his place. The generosity of the Father in sending his son into the world as Saviour, contrasts greatly with all forms of human selfishness to which we are prone. Christians should not countenance such behaviour. God is the deepest mystery of our lives and is infinitely more expansive than our little minds are capable of imagining. If we had been left struggling on our own to understand God we could never have established that he is a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger and rich in kindness and faithfulness. Without the help of Jesus, how would we ever have known, that as a community, we are linked like a family of people to him? Because God loves us and wants us to return that love he offers us a share in his own life. That demands that we allow the risen Christ to make his home within our hearts. If our behaviour is to mirror the life of the Trinity, then the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit should govern our every word and action.

From the moment we were baptised in the name of the three persons of the Trinity, we pledged to live our lives under their protection and do everything in their name so that, when life is over, we shall go to meet them and live in their company forever. For all this to happen we need to listen to the Spirit inspiring us and drawing us forward in search of the truth.

Blessings ~ Pa Peter Tipene
Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph



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