THE GOD WE BELIEVE IN
After the mysteries of the Resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit out of God’s love for humanity, today we reflect upon the mystery of God, the God we believe in, the triune God, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Our faith is grounded in this mystery that is not fully comprehensible by human intelligence and reasoning, but by heart, otherwise that wouldn’t be God.
Every time we pray, every time we celebrate and administer sacraments and so on we start and end by the invocation of the Holy Trinity as we sign ourselves with the cross. The blessings we receive are the same. The faith we profess is in this God, one God three persons who are distinct especially in how they relate yet the same in nature, knowledge and power. But how does this touch our ordinary life? What does faith in the triune God evoke in us? It is this kind of reflection that would make this Sunday’s celebration meaningful not only to scholars and theologians but to all Christ’s faithful.
The first reading poetically presents to us the wisdom of God personified. He was the first of all creation and was present and active at creation.
In the second reading, Paul shows us the new state of being of the believer as a result of the justifying work of God through Christ. It is peace with God. The outpouring of God-self to redeem us leaves us justified; that is, reconciled and at peace with him. What a joy for those who believe in the salvific work of the triune God and seek to remain in a personal relationship with him!
In the gospel, Jesus, while looking to the future at the time when he won’t be physically present to his disciples, assures them of the continuity of his work by the Spirit, who will lead them to the truth and does everything not in contradiction to, but in the truth of the glory of the Father and the Son. This is what Jesus meant in saying, he will only declare what is mine to you, considering that all that the Father has is mine (Jesus’). This is a clear indication that the three persons of the Holy Trinity are in perfect harmony.
This feast, while remaining a great mystery to us, is at the core of our faith. It reveals to us the image of God as the outpouring of self in love that exists in the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. This will in turn affect how we relate as a faith community. We become a people open to self-gift, to the outpouring of self out of love we are called to live. St John tells us that God is love, and whoever loves is begotten by God. He is love shared in Jesus Christ and continued in the Spirit. St Augustine said, “You see the Trinity when you see love”. Am I open to love? Am I open to God?
The second point that this feast evoke in us is the hope of unity. While we remain distinct persons, it is possible to be united bonded by love. We are sons and daughters of the same Father, redeemed equally by Christ, and filled by the same Spirit. Why are we so divided at times?
Thirdly, this solemnity is an invitation to rethink ourselves as created in the image and likeness of God who reveals himself to us as the Trinity and as such seek to live a Trinitarian life here and now. God the Father created us. As a people bearing his image how can we be creative wherever we find ourselves? God the Son redeemed us out of love; shall we be a little compassionate to our brothers and sisters and give them life? God the Holy Spirit works in us to guide us into the truth; are we not capable of leading our brethren in the life of truth? I invite you to think of the spiritual works of mercy as the best example of leading others to truth.
In the spirit of Psalm 8, let us together praise the greatness of our God who created us, redeemed us and continuously sanctifies us to be worthy of his presence and actions in our lives through all the earth. And may the almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Have a blessed Sunday
Fr Joash CP