TODAY is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Sunday after Pentecost is dedicated to the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a unique feast in the Catholic Church’s calendar since this is neither a death anniversary of a saint nor a memorial of an apparition or a sacred event.
Today, we are being invited by the Church to reflect on the profound mystery of the unity of our God who loves us, a God who never ceases to care for us. Although the term “Trinity’’ cannot be located in the Scripture, there are instances where the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit are mentioned in the New Testament.
When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist on River Jordan, the Spirit of God descended like a dove upon Jesus while the Father’s voice was heard saying “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I Am well pleased.’’ This event can be found in all four Gospels (Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:10-11; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He admonished His disciples to proclaim the nearness of the Kingdom of God as He did. He said, “go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’’ (Matthew 28:18).
The Church believes that there are many lessons that Christians today can draw from the mystery of the Trinity. First, as we celebrate this feast, we are once more assured that we are loved by the Lord. The Bible tells us that it was God who first loved us. It was such a tremendous love that the Father sent the Son to redeem us, and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to guide us in our journey called life.
Secondly, as we keep in mind that we are loved by the Lord, we also endeavor to imitate the Blessed Trinity. According to the teaching of the Church, the trinity is the perfect loving community. The Father is the “Eternal Lover,’’ the Son is the “Beloved One,’’ and the Holy Spirit is the “Love’’ that binds them together. As the Blessed Trinity is united, we must also work for the unity of all believers. Our Christian faith should always be expressed in community. Our religion is not a religion of isolation but a faith that promotes unity among believers.
As God is united in loving us, so must we be united in showing our love for God and in one another. The new name of God is others. This is not an easy task. Along the way, we meet and experience blocks to a loving faith community. Let us ask the Blessed Trinity to keep us united in His love.
May our One God inspire us to make us One Body, and One People.