Sunday Devotional: ‘Let us make man in our image’

Last Sunday, the universal Church celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit — the “Spirit of truth” (John 16:12).

Today, we commemorate the solemnity and mystery of the Holy Trinity, the Triune Godhead.

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 baptism

How can three individual persons be one?

Through the centuries, our brightest and most gifted 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 Holy Trinity, in Summa Theologica:

We cannot come to the knowledge of the Trinity by reason alone, that is, by the natural and unaided efforts of the human mind. By our natural reason, we can know that God exists; that he is the First Cause of all; that he is one, infinite, simple, immutable, etc. But that the one God subsists in three really distinct Persons is a truth that can be known only by supernatural means. That is a truth beyond the reach of human reason to know, to prove, or to disprove. We know this truth by divine revelation, and accept it by supernatural faith; we take it upon the authority of God himself. […] By aid of the light of glory the soul in heaven sees God himself clearly and truly.”

Holy Trinity

And so, as St. Paul said, though we presently but “see in a mirror dimly” with our limited human intellect, we accept and we trust, with the hope that — striving to be good and loving the Three Persons with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength — there will come a day when we will know and understand what the Second Person hinted at before He took final leave of His disciples and ascended into Heaven (John 16:12):

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”

As St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12:

“For now we see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall understand fully,
even as I have been fully understood.”

And may the love of God the Father, the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you on this magnificent Sunday!

Eowyn

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10 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘Let us make man in our image’

  1. William Brandon Shanley

    You are such a GIFT to us, Dr. Eowyn, which is clearly recognized by so many people around the world as the map of your readers shows. God Bless You for Being!

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  2. There are but two Mysteries, the Mystery of Evil, of privation and corruption, and the Mystery of Goodness.
    St. Paul tells us of the Greeks he came up against. They showed him a hall or room full of their gods—one for good harvests, another for good weather, etc., and then they showed him “The Unknown God.” They explained that perhaps there was a God whom they did not yet know, because He would have to reveal Himself to them.
    They took human reason to its absolute unaided limit: God CANNOT be known unless He Reveals Himself.

    And I am learning that how one RESPONDS to that Revelation determines one’s future.

    We cannot understand how Three Persons subsist or exist in One Being: But God Has Revealed this, and we are bound to simply ACCEPT it, and live our lives accordingly.

    As I replied in another post (about modesty) people today live largely without belief, and they harbor a certain unhealthy and sick self-consciousness, a self-consciousness that has rendered them largely morally and psychologically paralyzed. We live in an age of anxiety, and this anxiety, carried to a certain point, is indicative of unbelief. And it is a horrible hypnotism of Sartrean alienation! Of Nietzschean fascination with the Occult!
    The Angelic Doctor has stated, frankly and soberly, that we cannot know the true Nature of God with our own intellects in this life, but we are to accept as True That Which He Has Revealed. This means that God is the Father, and we are to carry on as His Children, and live accordingly.
    Speaking for myself, I have found, and continue to discover, that this Life is a real Battle, a real War.

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    • STEVEN BROILES, battle is within ourselves, because we believe, we can conquer. I don’t need to understand that the three Persons are One, for the Holy Spirit has revealed itself as the Trinity. For those that don’t believe, their life is a constant war, they have no meaning and purpose for being.

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      • I concur. And I know that we are not alone in this game.

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      • John 3:16-18

        “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

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  3. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: perfect in every way.

    To you Dr. Eowyn and the FOTM: “And may the love of God the Father, the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you…”.

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