A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY – CYCLE “A” – JUNE 11TH, 2017 – SMG
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
In preparation for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, I have been having conversations all week long about the Holy Trinity with all sorts of people. Obviously, the Holy Trinity is very important to us as Catholic Christians. It is God’s revelation to us of Himself, as One God, Three persons. Most Catholics have heard the story about St. Patrick and the shamrock, and several people this past week mentioned that image to me. We know that we remember the Holy Trinity every time we make the Sign of the Cross. In the Gospels, Jesus told the Apostles that when they prayed, they were to pray in His Name. By the end of the first century though, with the revelation of the Holy Trinity, if it was a good thing to pray in Jesus’ name, how much better of a thing was it to pray in the name of All Three of the Persons of the Holy Trinity. But you don’t have to be involved in too many discussions about the Holy Trinity to know that there’s lot that most of us don’t know. My favorite comment actually came from one of our young people, who when asked about the Trinity said, that “Jesus is like a selfie of God Father”. God sent Him to us so that we would know what the Father is really like. That’s really pretty good. Jesus really does show us the Father.
And then of course, you don’t get too far along in any discussion of the Holy Trinity, and you run into the notion that ultimately, the Holy Trinity is a mystery. Even the greatest minds of the Catholic Church, like St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Bonaventure, ALL of them, after studying extensively and writing about the Holy Trinity in great depth, ALL of them ended up saying that it is a mystery. So what hope do I have of talking to you in the next couple minutes about the Holy Trinity?
Well, the mystery of the Holy Trinity doesn’t mean that we can’t know anything about the Holy Trinity. It just means that we can’t know everything about the Holy Trinity. Christians, especially Catholic Christians have an obligation to learn as much as we possibly can about the Holy Trinity, even if we can’t know it all. So we need to know that the entire teaching of the Holy Trinity is based on God’s love for us. That would be why we heard in today’s Gospel, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He sent His Only Son for us.” That’s a great love. Can you think of too many things that you love so much, that you would give up your only child for? That love is real, and powerful, and life-changing. What’s more, we are all invited into union with that Triune, Three Person, One God, by sharing in the love and unity that They have. The Holy Trinity isn’t just for Heaven, or for the angels and saints, or for theologians! The Holy Trinity is for each and every one of us. The mystery of God’s love freely given to each one of us, is over-whelming! We need to feel and know that over-whelming love as much as we possibly can. We need to pass it on to others and bring those who don’t know it, to experience it in their own lives.
In the Holy Trinity, God shows Himself as the Father of Mercy, in His only Son as a Savior, and in His Holy Spirit as a Redeemer, Who is forever renewing His love for us, and allowing us to do the same for Him and each other. The truth is that what we most know about the mysteries of the Holy Trinity, is that they are the same as the mysteries that are a huge part of who we are as human beings! For example, we know that only when we know Who God is, are we truly capable of knowing ourselves and each other. We also realize that being made in the image and likeness of God, we are also made in the image and likeness of the Holy Trinity. The love we have for one another must be modeled on the love shared by God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We can’t do it without them. And that’s not a mystery. It’s a way
to live this life like we are supposed to live this life. With God’s help and example and love! And we can do that. Not just on one Sunday out of the year, but every day! God help us to live that way!
+ May God bless us on this Feast Day, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us !!!