Gospel Reflection: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Malvern Minute

 

MAY 31, 2015

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 Matthew 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.

Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

The Gospel of the Lord

REFLECTION

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 like a math problem that needs to be resolved; rather, the Holy Trinity is a Mystery to be contemplated, 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: Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart and Christ the King).

I believe the Sacred Readings provide a twofold approach for understanding the purpose of this feast.  Firstly, the Book of Deuteronomy provides a beautiful reflection on the incredible love that God has for us.  The passage progresses as a series of questions (with implied answers) that emphasize how fortunate we are to be loved by so great a God:

Was it ever heard of that a people heard the voice of God from the midst of fire and lived, as we have?

Was it ever heard of that any other god personally chose a family of people and made them his own, as He has done for us?

Has any other power in heaven or on earth provided such great signs and wonders for a people, as He has done for us?

Moses asks these questions of God’s people as they were about to enter the Promised Land.   In turn, the questions are asked of us today for we too are about to enter the Promised Land.  Yet, the questions for us have even more intensity and our responses are even more forceful because in addition to being called His People destined for eternal life, God’s Eternal Son,Jesus Christ has won for us the Promised Land of heaven by His Death and Resurrection!

The second dimension of significance for the feast is demonstrated by the Gospel.  We who have received much are commanded to give much!  We have received the personal love of God in Jesus; the initiation into His Body the Church and the pledge of Eternal Life through Baptism; and the nourishment of His Word and Eucharist, and therefore, are commissionedto bring these gifts to the world: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations!

In summary: we have been called and given life by a loving God, and in turn, we are called to reach out to all with this message of life and love provided through Jesus Christ.  In some ways the feast is very simple: as God is three in one, so He calls us who are many to be one in Him.  As God is eternal, so God invites us to live in Him eternally.  As God is Love, God loves us so we can love one another.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations!

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age!

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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