Last Sunday’s Gospel, following on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the Epiphany, is the conclusion of the Lord’s revelation about His divinity and our Catholic Christian faith. “His disciples began to believe in Him.” We as His disciples are called to that belief. We must ask ourselves if we have begun to believe.
Our beliefs are joined all together in the Creed we recite at Mass. We believe in God. Creator of everything, all-knowing, all-good, all-powerful, everywhere, and greater than everything. At the same time more intimate and more transcendent than we can understand. God. the Father Almighty.
We believe in Him. Scripture and tradition tells us that only a fool denies the existence of God, and also that only a fool would claims to understand God.
What did the disciples “begin to believe?” That the man who had turned water into wine is God. He, Jesus, controls the things of the world as only God can, because he is the Creator of heaven and earth, and thus their Creator too. He is He in whom we live and move and have our being [Acts 17:28].
The disciples understood that He is the Incarnation of the invisible God. They believed in what we celebrate at Christmas, the Incarnation. The believed that God had humbled himself to come among them as one like themselves to reveal the secret of God: the Trinity. They were given an insight into God’s plan for the world and His beloved creatures made in His image. The Trinity: the one and only God is triune, one in three. The disciples began to believe this. We have begun to believe this, and we will live this sublime truth in full belief when we see this mystery with unveiled faces unveiled before our incarnated eyes.
What we must do is believe. We cannot understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we have been given the Church, the means to share in it. When we participate in the Sacrifice of the Mass, we hear our Lord Jesus Christ invite us to live in communion with Him, loving and serving the Father through Him, with Him, and in Him. That is the high point of the Eucharistic sacrifice. We affirm the Faith in words, which we have just professed together as we recited the Creed.
Let these thoughts animate our prayer as we pray in preparation for Mass, let them fill our hearts as we give thanks after having received the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord in Eucharist.
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan