As a follower of Jesus Christ, I firmly believe in the reality of the Trinity. Does that mean that I understand it? Not at all. It is a mystery. The Jewish faith, out of which the Church grew, took a wonderful step forward for the human family when it came to realize that there was only one God, that God was the creator of all things, the infinite being that sustained everything in existence and who brought us, his children, into existence. The Jews were strong and faithful to that conviction.
Jesus of Nazareth came among us in what today we call the Holy Land. He began to teach us many, many things and some of them were beyond the limitations of our brain. One of the things that he did was to refer many times to the identification that he is one with his Father and yet distinct from the Father. Then he would refer both to the Father and to himself and bring in the Holy Spirit. What we are talking about is attempting to get some insight into the inner-life of God – the inner-life of God. Should we be surprised that we don’t grasp it clearly?
With that background, let’s take a look at this excerpt from today’s Gospel. Jesus said, “I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, however, being the spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own but will speak only what he hears. He will announce to you the things to come. Doing this, he will give glory to me because he will have received from me what he will announce to you. All that the Father has belongs to me. That is why I said what he will announce to you, he will have from me.”
Let’s don’t be frustrated or embarrassed about the fact that our limited cognitive powers cannot grasp the inner nature of God. Let’s just celebrate his infinite goodness to us and he is our ultimate destiny.