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Chapter 5. I Believe in God • 51

God “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no human being has seen

or can see” (1 Tm 6:16). Revelation tells us that he is living and personal,

profoundly close to us in creating and sustaining us. Though he is totally

other, hidden, glorious, and wondrous, he communicates himself to us

through creation and reveals himself through the prophets and above all

in Jesus Christ, whom we meet in the Church, especially in Scripture and

the Sacraments. In these many ways, God speaks to our hearts where we

may welcome his loving presence.

We do not confuse the word


with the term as it applies

to a detective story or a scientific puzzle. The mystery of God is not a

puzzle to be solved. It is a truth to be reverenced. It is a reality too rich

to be fully grasped by our minds, so that while it continues to unfold, it

always remains mostly beyond our comprehension. The mystery of God

is present in our lives and yet remains hidden, beyond the full grasp of

our minds.

God, who always remains beyond our comprehension, has shown

himself to us throughout the history of salvation. His relationship with

Israel is marked by all kinds of loving deeds. He, ever faithful and for-

giving, is ultimately experienced by human beings through his Son, Jesus

Christ, and the Holy Spirit. His love is stronger than a mother’s love for

her child or a bridegroom’s for his beloved. St. John proclaims, “God is

love” (1 Jn 4:8). Jesus has revealed that God’s very being is love.


The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of

the Christian faith and of Christian life.

—CCC, no. 261

The Old Testament shows God as one, unique, without equal. “Hear, O

Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone” (Dt 6:4; Mk 12:29). He

created the world, made a covenant with his people, and is the Father of

the poor, the orphan, and the widow.

In the Creeds, we profess our faith in God as “Father almighty.” His

fatherhood and power illumine each other by his care for us, by adopt-