A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY – CYCLE “B” – 5/31/15 – SMG
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
Everybody likes to belong. Everybody likes to be connected. It is wild. Even the most anti-social among us today, still like to belong, and to be associated with, other anti-social people. And thanks to the internet today, you can still be connected to other people who are of like mind, and you don’t ever have to talk to them, or deal with them, or be in the same room as they are. Our connectedness and our sense of belonging have changed a great deal in this age of information. But everybody wants to belong somewhere, and with some group. That sense of belonging and rootedness, is something that we first learn in our families. And then it is something that we live out in many different ways in our lifetimes. We join teams, and clubs, and all sorts of groups. We get involved in fraternities, and sororities, and book clubs, and service organizations. I think that especially as Catholics we join the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society, or the Altar Rosary Society, or a Christ Renews His Parish team, or a youth group. Belonging is important. Belonging gives us roots. It anchors us. It connects us to others. It can even connect us to God!
On this Feast of the Holy Trinity, following naturally on last week’s Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the great unity and community that is shared among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We know that the love that the Three persons of the Holy Trinity share, is real and is life-changing. That love was present at the very beginning of the world. That love is what sent Jesus Christ to us, for our salvation. And it is that same love and unity of the Father and the Son, that sent us the Holy Spirit. Unity, Communion, Union, and Oneness are all the most important concepts when we are dealing with the Holy Trinity. But perhaps one of the most important parts of the Holy Trinity, is that all of us are also invited into their relationship. It is the ultimate belonging. And today on this Feast Day, God is telling us that we are loved, we are worth it, and that He wants us always in communion with Him, in all Three Persons, for the rest of time.
God is inviting us today to join His Family. This then, my brothers and sisters, is our ultimate invitation to belong. This is NOT the Columbia Record and Tape Club, and this is NOT AARP, and this is NOT the Fruit of the Month Club. This is God! And this is God saying that He loves us enough to invite us into His love, His family, into His very being! We are never going to get any other invitation that even comes to close to what is God is offering us here! And this invitation is also important, because this is the union and love for which we were created. We have a longing for this God and for this union. We have a hole in our hearts that are just big enough for God and this union, this communion. It is truly what we most long for in this life. And God is giving it to us for free!
We might think that if we could just join that country club, or if we could just join that social group or network, or if those certain people would just accept me into their number, then we would feel like we really belonged. But in actuality, God has already proven to us that yes, we do belong, by adopting us into His love and His people. What is important now is for us to live out that adoption, to actually live our lives like we belong, not to this world, but to the all-powerful, everlasting God! We belong to Him. What are we doing to show that to others?
The union that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have, can be ours every, single day. Their love, that is so powerful, so fulfilling, and so life-giving, can be had by all of us every day, because we belong to God. We want to be in union with Him forever. May we stay connected to God always! Always!
The Holy Trinity models for all of us how we are to get along as Church, as families, as communities, and in the world. We can’t do it by ourselves. We were never meant to do it by ourselves. Jesus’ promise in the Gospel today is real. He is always with us! In our Faith and our love, may we always be with Him!
+ May God bless us today, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us !!!