Sunday, June 7, 2020
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
"Three Persons who are one God because the Father is love, the Son is love, the Spirit is love. God is wholly and only love, the purest, infinite and eternal love.”
Today, we celebrate one of the most profound mysteries in our Christian faith: The Most Holy Trinity. The Truine relationship amongst the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit expresses the unifying love amongst them. Human intelligence hardly fathoms the truth of three Persons in one God (surely, God is far beyond the grasp of our intellect). Indeed, the inner relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is such that each of them is fully God, yet these Divine Persons are not three Gods but one. (CCC#234, #253-256)
In fact, in the story of salvation the Father is the Creator, the Son is the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier. Though distinct as persons, neither the Father nor the Son nor the Holy Spirit ever existed in separation or acted in isolation from the other two Persons of the Godhead. They share the same Divine Nature, Co-equal and Co-eternal - a doctrine postulated and promulgated at the Council of Nicaea AD 325.
The first reading describes the encounter between God and Moses on Mount Sinai; how the former revealed His Name to the latter (YAHWEH - meaning ”I AM WHO I AM” - which the Jews hardly used out of reverence, but instead used ADONAI, meaning LORD). He also manifested His attributes as merciful, loving, slow to anger and full of kindness and graciousness. Moses accorded the due reverence to God.
As Christians, we ought to learn from God the Father to replicate the aforementioned values/qualities, because many lookup to us. We are encouraged to accord the appropriate attitudes and conduct whenever we come in the presence of the LORD. Like Moses, let's invite Him to assist us in every situation we find our selves.
In our second reading, the Apostle Paul motivates us to live the Trinitarian unity of co-existence amongst ourselves. So he admonishes us to agree with one other, live in peace, to encourage one another. He finally uses the apostolic blessing in the name of the Holy Trinity to remind us about the Father’s love, the grace (the divine favor) that comes through Jesus Christ, the Son, and the unifying power (fellowship) of the Holy Spirit. These are the indispensable and needful elements in our faith community and in our individual families (societies).
John the Evangelist in our gospel reading clearly portrays the intent of God the Father in sending His Son, Jesus Christ here to earth. Surely, eternal life (the hope of every Christian) comes through faith and belief in Him, a condition for salvation.
This implies that the love of God the Father for us is expressed through His Divine plan and care to save humankind from our sins. The love of the Son is expressed through the execution of this divine plan by sacrificing His life to die on the cross to redeem us. Finally, the love of the Holy Spirit is expressed as He guides, empowers and teaches us in Christ’s place and brings us together in faith, love and hope. He shapes/animates the life of the individual and the Christian community.
Know, therefore, that you are never alone in the challenges of life, but you have the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit with you. Live your life in the Holy Trinity and let the Holy Trinity have an indwelling with you.
May you be blessed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit! Amen.
Stay Healthy..... PRAY... Keep the Faith... Enjoy the Sunshine... Soon we will meet for public Holy Masses!
Let the Holy Trinity lead...
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Fr. Emmanuel hails from Ghana and is passionate about the Gospel and bringing the love of Christ to all people. He speaks several languages, enjoys soccer and cooking, and loves St. Francis of Assisi.