THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON THE TRIUNE GOD
THE TRINITY AND FAMILY
holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.”
is the work of God. More particularly, salvation is the work
of the Trinity, the three Persons in one God.
you have the Creator. God created the heavens and the earth
(Gen 1:1) and also the first man and woman (Gen 1:27). God
gave them dominion over His creation (Gen 1:28b). God placed
them in the garden of Eden. This was paradise, where everything
was provided for them. Here there was no darkness, pain, tears,
sickness, affliction or death. They walked with and related
to God directly. God’s plan was for them
to live eternally with him. But sin entered and paradise was
lost. God punished our first parents, but spoke prophetically
of a Savior who would crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15).
God’s intent is to bring us back to Himself, to restore
us to paradise. Thus God sent His own Son into
the world, to win for us our salvation. Salvation, resulting
in the fullness of life with Him, is in accordance with the
plan of the Creator-God from the very beginning.
you have the Redeemer. He is our Lord Jesus Christ. He is
the God who actually came down to earth, became man, and went
to the cross for us. By his death and resurrection, he conquered
the enemy, sin and death. He has given us new life. In him
we experience our salvation.
you have the Sanctifier. He is the Holy Spirit. It is He who
makes real for us the presence of Jesus in our lives. Jesus
had promised his disciples, when he issued his Great Commission,
that he would be with them “always, until the end of
the age.” (Mt 28:20b). Jesus does this by his Spirit,
by which he has baptized his disciples (Acts 1:5). It is the
Holy Spirit who empowers us for mission. Jesus said, “But
you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
The Sanctifier enables us to live holy lives, by which we
can truly become witnesses to the world. The Holy Spirit sends
us forth on mission. In the book of Acts, we
see that it was the Holy Spirit who set apart Barnabas and
Saul for the work to which He called them (Acts 13:2), and
sent them off on mission to Seleucia and to Cyprus (Acts 13:4).
On the other hand, the Holy Spirit prevented Paul and Timothy
from preaching the message in the province of Asia and from
going on into Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7). It is the Sanctifier
who allows and directs the work of evangelization to proceed.
Now all the above descriptions of each of the three Persons
of the Trinity relate to their function in the Godhead. It
is about what they do. But what is more important is who they
are. Here is how we then describe the three Persons of the
you have the Father. Jesus reveals God as a Father. We are
all His children.
Then you have the Son. He is Jesus. He is our brother.
Finally you have the Holy Spirit, which is the love that binds
Father and Son together. Without love, then a father and a
son are only two people who are related by blood to each other,
but do not make a true family. Without love, the place where
father and son live is only a house, a structure of residence,
and not a home. It is love that makes a family and a home.
What does the above tell us? The Trinity is a family! There
is a Father, there is a Son, and there is the love that binds
them together, which is what makes for a true family.
even in the Godhead, we see the great importance of family.
God has revealed Himself not just as Creator, Redeemer and
Sanctifier, but as a family! In God we see the intimate connection
between evangelization (or salvation) and family. In what
God does, He is about the work of salvation. In who God is,
He is about family. Salvation and family go together.
Now in our human experience, whenever we talk of family there
are important persons involved. In the revelation of God as
familywith Father, Son and the love that binds them together,
we seem to be missing a crucial person. Yes, it is a mother!
who is needed to complete the picture? It is Mary. Thus we
look to the Divine Family composed of the Trinity plus Mary.
God is our Father, Jesus is our brother, and Mary is our mother.
Of course, we are all bound together by love that is the Holy
all this, Mary is so unique. There are many great saints,
there are many who reflect the very holiness of God in their
lives, but there is only one person who relates so intimately
with the three Persons of the Godhead. We are all children
of God, but Mary is so much more. She is the daughter of the
Father, she is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, and she is the
mother of the Son. Among all human beings in the world, only
she relates to God in all these familial waysas child,
as spouse, and as parent.
is the common denominator in relating to God in the work of
salvation and in our experience of family.
Salvation, as we have already seen, proceeds from the work
 And for all of us, if they had not sinned and so would
not have been thrown out of paradise.
 This time, it is heaven or the new Jerusalem.
 Jesus is the one who issued the Great Commission, but
it is the Holy Spirit who guides, directs and empowers us
This is taken from my new booklet “Mary in the Work
of Evangelization and Family Renewal.”
On the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity
May 30, 2010
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