Gospel Reflection: Holy Trinity Sunday
Malvern Minute



MAY 22, 2016


Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;

To God who is, who was, and who is to come.


A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John 16: 12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.

He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.  Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

The Gospel of the Lord



Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  We approach this feast and this essential belief of Christianity not in a way to explain how three persons of the Blessed Trinity are one God.  The Holy Trinity is not a math problem that needs to be resolved; rather, the Holy Trinity is a Mystery to be contemplated, embraced, and indeed to be grateful for.

Today’s feast is one of the four solemnities of the Lord Jesus celebrated during Ordinary Liturgical Time (the others are: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), the Sacred Heart and Christ the King).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) validates today’s Gospel reading: the Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth by affirming that God has revealed to us His inter-most life as three persons who are one: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit … (CCC, Section 221).  The Catechism further instructs us that God did not keep His intense life and love to himself, but God has destined us to share in that exchange (CCC, Section 221).

In other words, this Solemnity not only reveals God as a Trinity of Persons in One God, but also reveals our source, our identity, and our destiny!  We come from God’s loving, creative hand; we are tabernacles of God for the Holy Trinity lives in us; and, we are destined to live in God eternally, as He lives in us!   St. Paul expressed it in this way: In him we live and move and have our being (Acts of the Apostles 17: 28).

Saint John’s Gospel clearly proclaims that the Holy Spirit is given to us not just to inform and guide us, but to transform us into who we were originally as images of God’s likeness, who we are even now as his adoption children in Baptism, and who we are destined to be in God eternally.  What a blessing to know who we truly are, and whose we are!!!

The Christian woman and man are indeed gifts of God, a mighty creation and re-created by the Blood of Christ.  And, like the creating and redeeming Trinity, we are not to hold back our life and love for ourselves.   We are sent forth by the Father, like the Son was sent forth; we are filled with the Holy Spirit, as Jesus Christ; and, we are to give our life and love, as Christ did for us.  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.  Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give (Gospel of Matthew 10: 8).

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3: 20-21).

Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has shown us his merciful love (Entrance Antiphon of the Mass: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity).


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