The Profession of Faith
in his actions, and the better we know a person, the better we understand
The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of
the “mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known
unless they are revealed by God.”
To be sure, God has left traces
of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation
throughout the Old Testament. But his inmost Being as Holy
Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to
Israel’s faith before the Incarnation of God’s Son and the sending
of the Holy Spirit.
The Father revealed by the Son
Many religions invoke God as “Father.” The deity is often
considered the “father of gods and of men.” In Israel, God is called
“Father” inasmuch as he is Creator of the world.
Even more, God
is Father because of the covenant and the gift of the law to Israel,
“his first-born son.”
God is also called the Father of the king of
Israel. Most especially he is “the Father of the poor,” of the or-
phaned and the widowed, who are under his loving protection.
By calling God “Father,” the language of faith indicates two main
things: that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent author-
ity; and that he is at the same time goodness and loving care for all his
children. God’s parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of
which emphasizes God’s immanence, the intimacy be-
tween Creator and creature. The language of faith thus draws on the
human experience of parents, who are in a way the first representatives of
God for man. But this experience also tells us that human parents are
fallible and can disfigure the face of fatherhood and motherhood. We
ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction be-
tween the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God. He also
transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although he is their origin
no one is father as God is Father.
Jesus revealed that God is Father in an unheard-of sense:
he is Father not only in being Creator; he is eternally Father in
relation to his only Son, who is eternally Son only in relation to his
Father: “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one
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