TWO IS COMPANY, THREE IS A COMMUNITY!
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. With such a Feast as this one, we might be tempted to think … ‘Well, it’s all a bit of a mystery and far too deep for me and I’m not sure where to start understanding it, so perhaps I’ll come back to it another time’. Yes! It is indeed difficult … and mysterious … having provoked some of the greatest thinkers in the world to offer explanations. In reaping the benefits of their efforts, we come to realise the immeasurable depths of our creative, redeeming and sanctifying God.
Let’s briefly look at God’s Word. In our first Reading from the Old Testament – the Book of Exodus, we read that our God is ‘full of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness’. In the Second reading – from his Second Letter to the Corinthians, St Paul calls his listeners to be united and live in peace … ‘and the God of love and peace will be with you.’
Then in John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to Nicodemus who, according to the Scriptures, had come to Him by night. This is a significant moment, because Nicodemus had literally been ‘in the dark’, searching for light and truth. In Jesus, the light of the world, he found what he was seeking! In this important conversation, Jesus shares with Nicodemus (and with us) that it’s God’s ultimate intention that we all be gathered together as one family through the experience of salvation freely offered to us. Therefore, by acknowledging God’s loving outreach to everyone, we are called through Baptism to continue the Lord’s mission, empowered by the Holy Spirit which is given to us by the Father.
Jesus announced that the kingdom is here within us, but not yet complete, and it is the constant love of the Father which draws us on. Jesus’ message is life, which invites us to seek the Father. Its demands, which the Spirit will make known to us, are always new and surprising. ‘The Spirit will guide us into all truth which comes from the Father’: John 16:13. Jesus shows us the way to the Father and the Spirit guides us on our journey.
If the Feast of the Ascension reminds us that we must take the Lord’s work into our own hands, Pentecost assures us that because the Spirit is with us, such a mission is possible. The Feast of the Blessed Trinity teaches us that we must be creative, redeeming and sanctifying in our commitment to God and to one another.
Hence, we must be mindful that our God is a God of surprises, inviting us to trust, to follow and to be daring in our Christian living. We must rid ourselves of doubts which tempt us to cling on and immerse ourselves in securities which cripple our ability to live as a truth-seeking community. We are called to proclaim with loving boldness that we can do all things through Him who gives us the strength. (St. Paul). If we cling with all our might to paltry security, how can we be in solidarity with human suffering and love? If we are not imaginative in our ways of exploring, expressing and listening to God, our spirituality and life will stagnate.
Today’s Feast invites us to give thanks and praise to our God, and there is no better way of doing this than through the Celebration of the Eucharist.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: to God who is, who was, and who is to come. Alleluia!
God Bless you and your families, and may we never forget each other in prayer.
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