Trinity is communicated LOVE
Readings: Dt 4, 32.34.39-40; Ps 33, 4-184.108.40.206.20.22; Rom 8, 14-17; Mt 28, 16-20
The celebration if the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity offers us an opportunity to contemplate the mystery of the God we worship. God is unity in communion. God is family. The images we use to describe this mystery will always remain limited, but our continued reflection on it draws us closer to what human family and community life is called to be.
Did anything so great ever happen before?
There is no greater notion for God that Christians use to describe the God they worship than the “trinity”. The God of Israel revealed His nature gradually starting with the beauty of creation, the various covenants He made with humanity to mark new beginnings, the great act of liberation from Egypt and the climax in the person and mission of Jesus Christ. God is, thus, a communicative God. Moses reminds the people of Israel in his last sermon after accompanying them for forty years through the desert. The God who has given them a “way out” of slavery is one God. Besides Him, there is no other. This they should remember even when they are settled in the Promised Land. This is what will guarantee the freedom they have been given. Other gods are mere idols that enslave human beings. This one God was to keep His people united. Remember what this one God has done for you and what happened to you when you were tempted to follow other gods!
We are children of God
In today’s second reading, we hear St. Paul telling us that the Spirit gives witness with our spirit that we are children of God. It is important to note that our being children of God is rooted in our being created in His image and likeness: “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness…” (Gen 1, 26). The contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity helps us to deepen our image of God. God is Father. God is Son. God is Holy Spirit. Within the three persons of the Trinity, there is mutual loving, mutual sharing and giving. There is communion. God is this communication, sharing communion. The Trinity is not closed; instead the three persons that share the same Godhead bend down lovingly to embrace each one of us. This has been manifested in creation, redemption and sanctification. The Father creates (gives life) out of love. He is the source of life and the fount of love that are shared and communicated. Jesus is the most substantial communication of the Father. He communicates love by laying down His life for His friends (John 15, 13). The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is love that has been poured into our hearts. The best proof that God is love is the Blessed Trinity. Love is shared and never self-enclosed. If we are created in the image and likeness of God, then we ought to learn to love. That makes us genuine children of God. As children we are ever at the beginning of a journey of learning and perhaps even unlearning our selfishness, our pride, our self-sufficiency, independence and strength. We depend on God.
Baptized in the Name of the Trinity
Jesus didn’t only reveal God as Father, but also gave the mandate to go into the whole world and to baptize in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This is the baptismal formula that has been established for all times. At our baptism we are embraced by love manifested in the Trinitarian nature of God. Jesus tells us to teach what He has commanded us: “This I command you: love one another!” (John 15, 17). It, in fact, means imitating the nature of God which is Trinitarian love. This compels us to let the love of the Trinity flow into our relationships, friendships, families, workplaces and communities. Since love is sharing, we ought to share not only material goods but also the spiritual ones most especially power. This has defeated human beings in the history of humanity. We ought to curb any form of unhealthy competition that makes others to be enemies/rivals, and instead learn to appreciate the “other” as a gift. We shouldn’t be afraid of the diversity that God Himself has designed; instead we should look for points that connect us to others. Christians, moved by the Trinitarian love, will be sowers of love that will bring about lasting peace and reconciliation.