The Sunday after Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons in One God. Someone understands that? Mystery! But what does that mean?
Bible Readings Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40 Palm 33 : 4-5, 9, 18-20, 22 Romans 8 : 14-17 Matthews 28 16–20
Unveiled, but still veiled
Indeed, it’s hard to understand, leave alone to explain, the Holy Trinity. How can three Persons be One God? Nevertheless, there’s a lot we can say about this mystery for God has communicated himself, revealing himself to us. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can explain exhaustively who he is. So, let’s take advantage of this feast to deepen our understanding of the Trinitarian God, and thus, discover also our mission, which stems from our faith in him.
Immersed into the Holy Trinity
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Three Persons in One God, means that God is Communion. He’s a relationship of love which has been manifested both in his act of creation and of salvation. Baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we too have been immersed into this Divine Communion. That’s why we do not cease to remind ourselves of this identity every time we make the sign of the Cross, more particularly at mass. At the beginning, we are reminded of the communion in which we are gathered; and at the end, we are sent as missionaries to go out and witness this communion in our neighbourhood.
Implication of faith in the Holy Trinity
Indeed, as human beings, and moreover as Christians, we are meant to live in relationship with one another. That’s why I venture to say that this feast speaks not only about God alone, but also about what we have become in God, and our vocation which flows from it. Our faith in the Divine Persons, as One God, invites us to open ourselves to this relationship of love that we also want to witness in our own lives. Inspired by this unity of love between these Persons, Each distinct from Others; I no longer seek others to be like me. I allow them to be themselves, and I love them as they are. Despite the differences that may be there between us, nevertheless, we seek to live together in mutual respect and sharing.
The Trinity, inspiration for living together
This solemnity reminds us that God is relational, therefore, to fully live our faith in the Holy Trinity is to live in union with the one another. Certainly, living together in mutual respect is not only difficult, but remains a challenge for our society today. So, may the Communion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit inspire us to be persons always desirous to encounter with respect those who are different from us.
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