Gospel Reflection: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Malvern Minute

 

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

JUNE 11, 2017

ALLELUIA

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

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

ALLELUIA

 

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John 3: 16-18

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

REFLECTION

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

There is a cute and enlightening story told about Saint Augustine.  While he was walking along the seashore and mentally wrestling with the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, he became distracted by a little boy who was diligently running back and forth from the sea to a hole he had dug in the sand.  The boy repeatedly filled his pale with sea water and emptied the water into the hole.  Finally, Augustine, unable to hold back his curiosity, asked the boy what he was doing.  With a determined look on his face, the child told Augustine that he intended to empty the Mediterranean Sea into the hole.  Exploding with laughter, Augustine exclaimed that the project was foolish since the sea was so large and the hole so small.  In turn, with a commanding face of an angle, the little boy explained that it was equally impossible for the awesome Mystery of the Holy Trinity to fit into Augustine’s small head!

Learning from the story, we approach this feast and this essential belief of Christianity not in an effort to figure out or 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, to be embraced, and indeed, to be cherished.

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

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) validates the words of Jesus that the Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth.  Filled with the Holy Spirit, the Church teaches that: 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 the Triune God; and, we are destined to live in God eternally, as He now 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) – now and forever, Amen!

Today’s Gospel proclaims that God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  Clearly the will of God is that we be redeemed and transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit working through Jesus Christ.  Our Triune God desires to transform us into: who we were intended to be; who we are even now; and, who we are destined to be – God’s children living in God eternally.  What a blessing to know who we are, and whose we are!

The Christian woman and man are indeed gifts of God, a mighty creation, re-created by the Blood of Christ.  And, like the creating and redeeming Holy 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.  Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give (Gospel of Matthew 10: 8).

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

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

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN, JESUS CHRIST

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