The Holy Trinity – 16
Prv.8:22-31; Rom.5: 1-5; Jn.16:12-15
One day, while Adam was walking with God in the Garden of Eden he said, “Excuse me God, can I ask you a few questions?” God replied, “Go on Adam, but be quick. I have a world to create.” So Adam says, “When you created Eve, why did you make her body so curved and tender unlike mine?” “I did that, Adam, so that you could love her.”
“Oh, well then, why did you give her long, shiny, beautiful hair?” “I did that Adam so that you could love her.” “Oh, well then, why did you make her so stupid? Is that too because I should love her?” “Well, Adam, no. I did that so that she could love you.”
We like to belong. We like to belong to a family, to a parish, to a community. No one is an island and we need the love, support and friendship of others in our family and community. Not only do we like to belong, we need to belong. It is not good to be alone. It is for our good to belong.
Before the time of Jesus people called God “Yahweh” because Yahweh is the name given to God very often in the Old Testament. It goes back to when Moses saw the bush burning and asked God his name. “I am who I am” was the name God gave himself (Ex 3:14) which became “Yahweh.”
Then Jesus came and we knew that there were two persons in God. Before Jesus ascended he promised the Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost and so then we knew there were three persons in God. God is a Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is the happiest of families.
They are totally united in love for each other. The Father loves the Son, and the Son loves the Father. We call this love of the Father for the Son, and the love of the Son for the Father, the Holy Spirit. Today we celebrate the “Feast of God.” The Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of our Catholic faith.
Our readings today talk to us about this first amazing mystery. That our God is a communion of three divine persons in love — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God created us and loves us as our Father.
God is also the Son who came into our world to share his life with us. That’s what Jesus is talking about in our Gospel passage for today. And God is the Holy Spirit who gives us new life as children of God and causes the Trinity to dwell in our hearts.
That’s what St. Paul is telling us in our second reading today. My brothers and sisters, these beautiful readings today show us the beautiful truth of our faith, the Holy Trinity. One way to think about it is that we all make the Sign of the Cross every time we pray.
Christians have been doing that since the time of the apostles. So what are we really doing when we make that sign? We’re expressing our faith in the Trinity and our faith that the Trinity was revealed by Jesus on his Cross.
We touch our head and we say, “In the name of the Father.” Because he is the first person of the Trinity and our Creator. Then we touch our hearts and we say, “and of the Son.” This reminds us that God the Son proceeds from the Father and came down from heaven to the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then we touch our shoulders, moving from left to right as we say, “and of the Holy Spirit.”
We do this because God the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son; and in his love, the Spirit fills us, body and soul, with the life of God. Now, another way to think about the Trinity is the way that St. John described it in one of his letters.
He said very simply, “God is Love.” And the theologians and saints have helped us to see, that in his innermost heart — God is a communion of three divine Persons in love. Remember, the human person is created in the image of God.
That means that you and me — every one of us — are created in the image of the Most Holy Trinity. In the image of the God who is Love. So the Trinity tells us the meaning of our lives. It tells us that we are made to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity.
We are made to live a divine life in this world. As children of God. As temples of the Holy Spirit. This is the basic reality of our Christian lives. Jesus said that if we love him and keep his commandments, that God will come — the Trinity — to make his home within us.
St. Paul used to say, we are the temples of the living God. That’s the truth. God is dwelling in each us by his grace! But are we aware of it? Are we living this truth? So this great feast today challenges us to examine ourselves.
In the second reading, Paul tells us that: “The love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Christ is the fullness of God’s love. From this, we have some insight about what this union of the three divine persons looks like. Each of them do their work, yet they remain one and undivided.
Today’s gospel makes this unity clearer. Each and every one of them bears witness to the same word and truth. Each affirms and confirms the work of the other. They do not contradict one another. They are not separated by time, or space, because their project is the same.
Also, they share the same glory. This feast calls us to really believe this and to really live with a greater awareness of this beautiful reality — of the Blessed Trinity’s presence with us. This isn’t just a happy thought. It’s another way of expressing the beautiful spiritual reality of our lives.
The mystery of the Trinity means that we have access to God all the time. No matter where we are, or what we’re doing God is with us. Even when we are with others. We can talk to God all day long. In an intimate conversation. No matter how softly we speak, he still hears us.
We can turn to him for help. For inspiration. All the time. It’s so beautiful that we can talk to God as our loving Father. That we can walk with Jesus as our brother. And that we can live by the light and the gifts of their Spirit of love.
So in this Holy Mass and all throughout this whole week, let’s pray for the grace to deepen our awareness of the Blessed Trinity’s loving presence within our souls. And let’s pray for the help of our Blessed Mother.
Mary was the first person in whom the Trinity came to dwell when the Father asked her to become the Mother of his Son by the power of their Holy Spirit. So let’s ask Mary to help us to grow in our devotion to the Blessed Trinity.
Let us respect ourselves and others because everyone is the temple of the Holy Spirit where all the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity abide.
Let us have the firm conviction that the Trinitarian God abides in us, that He is the Source of our hope, courage and strength and that He is our final destination.
Let us practice the Trinitarian relationship of love and unity in the family relationships of father, mother and children because by Baptism we become children of God and members of God’s Trinitarian family.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Spirit. Amen.