Vatican City, May 30, 2021 / 06:00 am
On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis said unity is essential to Christian life because God is a communion of love.
“This mystery of the Trinity was revealed to us by Jesus himself,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on May 30.
“He showed us the face of God as a merciful Father; he presented himself, true man, as the Son of God and Word of the Father; he spoke of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son, the Spirit of Truth.”
Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square from the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the pope said that Trinity Sunday “makes us contemplate this wonderful mystery” and poses an invitation to grow in the “unity to which Jesus calls us.”
“And this unity I dare to say is essential to the Christian ... because it is the unity that is born from love, from the mercy of God, from the justification of Jesus Christ and from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts,” he added.
Pope Francis said that “love is essentially a gift of self” which reflects the “infinite reality” of the Holy Trinity in which the “Father gives himself by generating his Son, who in turn gives himself to the Father, and their mutual love is the Holy Spirit, the bond of their unity.”
Speaking off-the-cuff, the pope added that it may not be easy to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity, but it is possible for everyone to “live this mystery.”