REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS ON THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) 11TH JUNE, 2017.
? Ex 34:4b-6.8-9, Ps Dan 3:29-30, 2Cor 13:11-13, Gosp Jn 3:16-18.
✍? FR. OGECHUKWU OKPULU.
? HOLY TRINITY A COMMUNITY OF LOVE.
Last Sunday, we celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity which marked the end of Easter season, which was essentially a celebration of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. In a very special way, the universal church today after those two celebrations, celebrates the Most Blessed Trinity Sunday, the three persons of the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Today we celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith, the Blessed Trinity. The Trinity is one of the topics which is very difficult for any Christian to explain. It deals with the mystery of God. God is essentially incomprehensible.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that there are three persons in one God and the three of them are not three Gods but one. They are equal and cannot be separated. Thus, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one, equal and cannot be separated.
The mystery of the Trinity is not something to argue about, but to pray about for Divine revelation and enlightenment. God is greater than us all and all we can ever imagine. We can never fully comprehend God. St. Paul in his letter to the Romans says: How rich are the depths of God, how deep his wisdom and knowledge, and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! who could ever know the mind of the Lord? who could ever be his counsellor? who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him, all is by him and for him. To him be glory forever. ( Rom 11:33-36). It is impossible for us to understand God. God is a mystery . However, to say that something is a mystery doesn’t mean we cannot know anything about it. It just means that we cannot know everything about it. Faith doesn’t contradict reason; it transcends it. We struggle to understand even earthly things, so how can we grasp heavenly things? Only the gift of wisdom can help us understand the ways of God. Though God is essentially incomprehensible, but in his infinite goodness has revealed Himself progressively in the scriptures.
In the Old Testament there are indications about the Trinity, but the full revelation is seen in the New Testament through the person of Jesus Christ. The book of Genesis 1:26 says, ” God said , “let us make man in our image and likeness” and in Gen 3:22, God says, ” see, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil.”
In the New Testament, before Jesus’ Ascension he gave his disciples a missionary mandate, he said; ” ….Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… (Mt 28:18-20)”. St. Paul too in the second reading gave his benediction in the name of the Trinity. He says, ” the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all ” (2Cor 13:14).
There are two important lessons we can learn from the Blessed Trinity.
First, the need to be united in love. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in love. Love is the very nature of God. Everything God does, he does out of love. The reason why the son came into the world was love. Thus, John 3:16 says, ” God the Father so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son….”
Beloved in Christ, we are created by a loving Father and our mission is to love like our creator. It is compulsory that we love one another. When we truly love , there is peace, progress and harmony in the community.
Secondly, trinitarian sign and actions is the trademark of our faith. We should make the sign of the cross always because our journey of faith begins and ends with the Blessed Trinity. As true Catholics we should always make the sign of the cross at the beginning and end of our prayers. When we do that, we invite the three persons in the Blessed Trinity to come and take charge and control of our lives.
Finally, we pray for the grace to believe in other to understand this great mystery so that our faith, hope and love will continually grow in the Most Blessed Trinity.??
MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU, THE FATHER, AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.??