12 June 2022 – The Most Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity, Year C

1st Reading: Proverbs (8:22-31

Wisdom is the first-born of creation

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.

Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth ?
when he had not yet made earth and fields, or he world’s first bits of soil.
When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

Responsorial: Psalm 8:4-9

R./: O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him? (R./)

Yet you have made him little less than a god;
with glory and honour you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hand,
put all things under his feet. (R./)

All of them, sheep and cattle,
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish
that make their way through the waters. (R./)

2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-5

Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Brothers and sisters, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Gospel: John 16:12-15

When the Spirit of truth comes

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

BIBLE

Not such a remote God

In bygone times practically everybody agreed about the existence of God. At those days, religious divisions came from conflicting beliefs about God, rather than any conflict between theism and atheism. This is not the case nowadays. Not only do many openly profess their lack of faith, but the quality of life we pursue tends to promote a kind of atheism in all of us. Especially in our large cities, surrounded by a world of largely human inventiveness, people are at a distance from the things of nature. As a result even the rural-based of our population are bound to feel in some degree God’s apparent remoteness from our situation, God’s silence, remaining hidden to the end of our earthly days.

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, the revelation of the mystery of God’s inner life. This mystery will remain for all of us as long as we live in this world, even though the veil which covers it is lifted ever so little. Our Bible assures us that not only is our God a personal God, but God exists as three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, while remaining one God. Although we cannot even begin to give a logical explanation for this, our faith enables us in some small measure to experience the presence of God. How this can happen is stated by St Augustine in a most beautiful passage from his “Confessions” (p. 211). “What do I love when I love my God?” he asks. Then he continues; “Not material beauty or beauty of a temporal order; not the brilliance of earthly light, so welcome to our eyes; not the sweet melody of harmony and song; not the fragrance of flowers, perfumes and spices; not manna or honey; not limbs such as the body delights to embrace. It is not these that I love when I love my God. And yet, when I love him, it is true that I love a light of a certain kind, a voice, a perfume, a food, an embrace; but they are of the kind that I love in my inner self.” “So tell me something of my God,” he asks. And loud and clear they answered, “God is he who made us.”

Seeing God will change us utterly, and this salvation is a pure gift that always comes from the Father, announced and realised in his divine Son, and made effective in each of us through the action of the Holy Spirit. St Paul tells us that “in one Spirit we have access through Christ to the Father” (Eph 2:18). But the God’s reaching down to us must be answered by the up-reach of our soul to God. To succeed in this we must break free from the sinful pursuits which hold us captive. Then as Paul says, like mirrors we will reflect the brightness of the Lord, until finally we are changed into that image which we reflect (2 Cor 3:17f). For this great promise, glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, forever, Amen.


The Fullness of Love

Much debate in the 20th century centred on the thought of three outstanding figures, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, described irreverently as “the unholy trinity.” They pushed us into the modem world, often in spite of our protests. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was greeted, particularly by the established churches, with howls of derision, and had to battle hard for recognition. Sigmund Freud opened up the universe of the unconscious and profoundly affected conventional attitudes. The socialist theories of Karl Marx came to dominate one half of the planet and considerably influenced the other. Of the three, only Darwin and his theory of evolution remain intact. Recent events in the Eastern Bloc have largely discredited Marx. The theories of Freud are more and more contested in recent times. Time has taken its toll of “the unholy trinity.”

The Holy Trinity, whose feast we celebrate today, is beyond the reach of time and the grasp of human reasoning. It is a mystery of our faith. We can only fumble in the dark in search of glimmers of light. “Two is company, three is a crowd” is a popular expression. The gospel would have it otherwise. There, the figure three symbolises completeness and perfect symmetry, and re-appears at all the key moments of the Christ story. His life itself constantly reflected the Trinity. Three figures make up the nativity scene in Bethlehem — the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Their first visitors were the three wise men. Later, in the desert preparing to begin his public life, Jesus was tempted three times by the devil. A good story should have a beginning, a middle and an end. Christ was a storyteller par excellence and three figures prominently in his parables. The Prodigal Son is about a father and his two sons; the Good Samaritan tells of the behaviour of three passers-by, the priest, the Levite and the Samaritan; the sower sowed his seed in three different types of terrain, yielding three different levels of harvest. The end of his life, as the beginning, has again the three motif. During his Passion, Peter denied him thrice. On the road to Calvary, he fell three times. The crucifixion scene has three figures, Christ between two thieves. Before his resurrection, he spent three days in the tomb.

God is love. There are Three Persons in the Trinity, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Together they represent the fullness of love. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father. The Holy Spirit is their love for each other. We are made in the image of a triune God. God the Father, who created us, his Son who saved us, and the Holy Spirit who continues to guide us. Our lives should reflect the Trinity. We should be always creative like the Father, compassionate like his Son, and dispose our talents in the service of others like the Holy Spirit.

3 Comments

  1. Thara Benedicta says:

    Readings: 12 June 2022 – Most Holy Trinity

    Key Message:
    God says “We, all three of us are there to take care of you, my child. Do not worry my little one”.

    Homily:
    The feast of the Holy Trinity is not just for the remembrance of the oneness of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It is also the celebration of “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit altogether taking care of us”. It is God saying “We, all three of us are there to take care of you, my child. Do not worry my little one”.

    Once upon a time, God our Father was happily walking and talking with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). Our Almighty Father wanted to enjoy our company. He loved chatting with them. Because they were His children. Then we know how because of sin, the chatting came to an end in the Garden of Eden. But then God our Father continued His talks with all the prophets. Finally, He was able to talk through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of the redemption from our sins, through our Lord Jesus Christ, now the chatting continues. It continues in Heaven with God, our Father and it continues on earth with God the Holy Spirit!!

    Throughout the Bible we have seen God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, explicitly taking care of us. They want to be with us. They cannot leave us alone. Our lack of faith is blinding us from knowing that God is near to us. But unless we believe we cannot experience their richness. They are always with us.

    Our Lord Jesus has also said that both He and ‘Our Father’ are always working
    (John 5:17 … “My Father is always working, and so am I.”).

    Where do they go for work?
    Answer: They work in us. (Philippians 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you).

    We are the workplace in which our God loves to work.
    Let us see how our God, “The Holy Trinity is taking care of us?”
    When our Lord was in the world as a human, He always rose up early for prayer. What would He have done there? He would have discussed with God Our Father on how to take care of us. The Spirit of God would have been there.

    What would have been the primary/secondary agenda of the daily morning meeting of the Holy Trinity when our Lord Jesus Christ was in the world?
    “It would have been to take care of us.”

    Our Almighty Father has carved our names individually in His big palm, to remember us always. So that our names are always in front of His eyes. He has tattooed our name on His big palm. God our loving Lord Jesus Christ has got 5 sacred wounds (tattoos) because of the nails and spear, to always purchase us from the evil power of sin. Can we tattoo the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts?
    For whom did God the Son carry the heavy burden of the cross, was crucified on the Mount of Calvary, and die?
    It was just to purchase Heaven for us.
    Can we imagine sending our child to the cross for someone? No. We cannot even think about it. But God our loving Father suffered the pain of seeing His Son suffering, crying, and dying on the cross. For whom? It was for us.

    When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, when Abraham lifted his hand to kill his son, God could not take it. He was not able to take the sight of Abraham sacrificing his son. But God our Father sacrificed His only Son on the cross just for our sake.

    Why is the “Divine Mercy Chaplet” so powerful? It is because when we offer the Body and Blood of our loving Lord Jesus Christ, our loving Father forgives all our sins.
    Since our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be in person with all of us at all the time, He went up to Heaven, poured out His Blood in front of our Heavenly Father to wash away all our sins and pleaded for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on us. God our Father happily sends His Spirit on us so that He can abide in us. As our Lord Jesus Christ introduced the Holy Spirit to us, He is our comforter and our guide. He resides in us and will not leave us. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not say that He will go away from us when we slip, our Lord Jesus has promised saying “I will be with you till the end of the world”. So the Holy Spirit is abiding in us and will abide in us till we live in this world when we believe in our Lord Christ.

    Are we worried about our sins?
    Let us believe in the blood of our Lord Jesus and be washed from our sins. For example, when our Lord Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross in the midst of two thieves, Heaven was available to both the thieves. We call the good thief not because he was good during his lifetime but because He believed that our Lord Jesus Christ could give Him Heaven. Actually it is so amazing, that he did not even say, “O Lord Jesus, I confess all my sins to you… And so on and on…” He repented in his heart and straight away asked, “When you come with your kingdom (Heaven), give me a place there”. Our Lord Jesus said “Today, you can enjoy in Heaven”. Both of them had enough sins to purchase a place in hell. But one believed and bought a place in Heaven.

    Are we worried about our future? Do we have to struggle all alone?
    But God is working for us. We are not aware of it. We say “luck has favoured me” or “suddenly my health recovered” or “I got a job now”. God has been working for our breakthroughs long enough. He wants us to experience this joy. God our Father was preparing Moses for 40 long years in the desert, for the freeing of the Israelites. Moses was not made overnight.

    God our Father does not want to see us always troubled or always in want. When the Israelites were coming out of Egypt, He told the Israelites to ask and take the gold and other costly ornaments from Egyptians and wear them. So never worry!! Worry will be our natural inclination when something goes wrong or even if we doubt if something may ever go wrong.

    God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit will be with us and take care of us. So when our mind starts worrying, it’s time to think about the wonderful God with us.

    We will turn our worry into wonderful worship!!!

    1. Alfred Rurangirwa says:

      Readings: Trinity Sunday

      Wonderful teaching as usual 🙏🏿

  2. Msgr. Jim Burnett says:

    Readings: 12 June 2022 – The Most Holy Trinity

    I absolutely loved “The Fullness of Love” homiletic reflection. It was right on target for todays Gospel and wonderfully done. I will be using its meditation to formulate my homily this weekend of The Blessed Trinity. Thanks for the ministry you share with all of us.

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