Friday, May 16, 2008

May 18: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year A

May 18 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year A
Readings: Exodus 34:4-6,8-9; 2 Cor. 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

We celebrate today the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity which comes on the Sunday after Pentecost. It is not by chance that the two solemnities follow each other. If you look back you realize that since Easter, we focus on the Paschal Mystery of Christ that culminates on Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit. The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity helps us to affirm our faith in One God: the Father (who creates), the Son (who redeems) and the Holy Spirit (who sanctifies, unifies and reconciles).Our learning about the Trinity begins with Baptism. That is why we begin and end all our prayers, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". This prayer leads us into the mystery we celebrate this Sunday, the Most Holy Trinity. The greeting at the beginning of each Mass is an excellent synthesis of this truth "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you" (2 Cor. 13:14). The Responsorial Psalm leads us into an atmosphere of praise. "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever". The entire celebration this Sunday is like a continuous hymn of praise to the Triune God. The entrance Antiphon is an excellent introduction to the liturgy. "Blessed be God the Father and his only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit for he has shown that he loves us". In his earthly life, Jesus gradually reveals to his disciples the mystery of being totally united with the Father. One is reminded of the conversation between Jesus and Philip in St. John's Gospel, where Philip wanted Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus replied to him: "You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me" (Jn. 14:11). The conversation with Nicodemus in the Gospel this Sunday implies that love prompted the Father to send the Son, the bearer of the Holy Spirit, the source of life. This communion with the Father is the goal of Christian life and faith. Saint Paul sums up the mystery of the Holy Trinity as follows, “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Eph. 2:18).

The Holy Trinity is not just a subject of theological speculation on the three divine persons. Rather, it is a life of communion of life to be lived and shared. Therefore, we need to go beyond talking about love, communion and sharing and putting that into practice by being instruments of reconciliation and compassion. That is the reason why God in creating us does not put us directly into heaven, because if He did so we would mess life up there! Our life here on earth is a time to practice in concrete ways of sharing, healing and living in communion with the people God has given us. Briefly we the message is threefold: 1) The solemnity we celebrate today is a model of life in communion to be lived and imitated; 2) We are challenged to be instruments of reconciliation, healing and compassion; 3) One way of living such a life starts with prayer together, for example in a family or in a Basic Christian and overflows into sharing of faith and healing those who may be wounded in our community. May God give us the grace of living a life of communion; that is nourished and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.

©2008 John M. Mbinda

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