Theme: THE MYSTERY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US
- Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40;
- Psalm 32 (33): 4-6. 9. 18-20. 22. R/ v. 12;
- Romans 8:14-17
- Matthew 28:16-20
Today we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity; three persons in one God and one God in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; God the Father creates, God the Son saves, and God the Holy Spirit sanctifies; God the Father creates out of love, God the Son saves out of love, and God the Holy Spirit sanctifies out of love! The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the mystery of God’s love for us!
God the Father created us out of love, but when we sinned, God loved us even more. He became man and came down to earth to save us, but when we killed him on the cross, He loved us even more. He rose from the dead and gave us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in heaven nor on earth, but the Holy Spirit dwells in us and within us, loving us from inside us; nearer to us than we are to ourselves, knowing us more than we know ourselves, and loving us more than we love ourselves.
The Holy Spirit will continue to love us until we love God back, until we love our neighbor, and until we love ourselves. Again, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the mystery of God’s love for us. It is not about believing in one God or three Gods. It is about believing in a God of love, mercy and forgiveness who can save us; it is not about believing in a God of law, justice and punishment who cannot save us.
Someone of another religion said that he cannot believe that God can become man, God can die, and that we can even eat God in the Eucharist! But this is precisely what we Christians believe! We Christians believe in a God of love, mercy and forgiveness who can save us! That someone believes in a God of law, justice and punishment who cannot save us! I believe that that someone will also believe in the Trinity if he is here tonight to listen to the good news! The good news gives faith!
The readings today tell us about the Most Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The first reading tells us about God the Father. The first reading tells us that God the Father created us and gave us laws and commandments to keep so that we and our children will be prosperous and live long lives! Thus we read in the first reading:
“Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? …. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.’” (Dt 4:32. 40)
The responsorial psalm follows the theme of the first reading. The responsorial psalm has four stanzas. Stanzas one and two tell us that God created the universe by a mere word. Stanzas three and four tell us that God chose us and our response to God’s choice. (CSB) Thus we read in the second stanza of the responsorial psalm:
“By his word the heavens were made, by the breath of his mouth all the stars. He spoke; and they came to be. He commanded; they sprang into being.” (Ps 32 (33): 6. 9)
And thus the response of the responsorial psalm:
“Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.” (Ps 32 (33): 12)
The gospel tells us that when we sinned God loved us even more! He became man and came down to earth to save us. But when we killed him on the cross, he loved us even more. He rose from the dead and gave us the Holy Spirit and sent us out to make disciples of all the nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, so that all may receive the Holy Spirit and keep the commandments of God.
The gospel also tells us that He will be with us until the end of time, that is, he will be with us in the Holy Spirit until the end of time. Note that in the gospel of Matthew that we read today, there is no Ascension, and there is not even Pentecost! The Ascension and Pentecost are in the Resurrection! (Faley) Thus we read in the gospel today:
“Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’” (Mt 28:18-20)
The second reading tells us that the Holy Spirit makes us into children of God, calling God, ‘Abba, Father!’ And as children of God we are heirs of God and coheirs with Jesus Christ, sharing in his sufferings so as to share in his glory! Thus we read in the second reading:
“Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.” (Rm 8:14-17)
Today in the Eucharist, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we eat his body and drink his blood, and our Risen Lord will give us the Holy Spirit, and send us out to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, so that they will receive the Holy Spirit and keep the commandments of God; and so that they will become the children of God, calling God, ‘Abba, Father!’; and so that they will be heirs of God and coheirs with Jesus Christ, sharing in his sufferings so as to share in his glory. Amen!