OUR LIVES REVEAL THE BLESSED TRINITY
. . . make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Gospel)
Did you know that I am a mystery? Oh, some of you might say: “Come on, Father, we can read you like a book.” But who knows what goes on in the depths of the ocean and the heights of the firmament? Who knows what energizes the soul from deep within? I am a mystery. You are a mystery. Most of the time, we don’t make a big deal of it. We just live with each other’s mystery day by day and learn the mystery by living daily in its presence. But our mystery explains why sometimes we have a difficult time getting ourselves together, in mind, heart, soul and feelings. We deal with ourselves on a moment to moment basis.
Today we celebrate the mystery of God, the central mystery of faith, the mystery of the Trinity. Many have tried to explain the Trinity in theological, spiritual and human language. But the only real way to get to know the mystery of God as Trinity is to live habitually in a relationship with God.
From ancient time people always realized somehow that divine energy is too great to be contained in a single being. Ancient Romans and Greeks thought there were gods for different demands of life: war, nature, romance and many other facets of life. This is equally true of many other expressions of faith in various heritages of man in history. But something unique to Christians and especially Catholics, is that we have learned to discover the reality of the Blessed Trinity. It is a mystery of God we know but cannot explain.
The doctrine of the Trinity is not so much something to be believed as it is a life to be lived. The essence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is seen each day of our lives and calls us to participate in the action of a Trinitarian God. To live by this mystery of God is to slowly learn more about the mystery of our own selves, we who have been created in the image of God.
GOD THE FATHER. From the book of Genesis, God is revealed as a God who gives life to earth and sky and sea. He placed mankind as the highpoint of his creation and gave us the mission to go forth and fertilize the earth. What stronger source can we have to identify that man and woman are needed to carry out the Father’s creative and parental energy. Man and woman in marriage have the special privilege of participating in this creative force of God. Thus we read in the Book of Deuteronomy: “you must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you may have long life on the land which God is giving you forever.”
God protects his people throughout salvation history and guides them to the Promised Land. Such is the destiny of our lives: to empower life, support life, respect the dignity of life and respond to God’s command to make fertile the earth with a sustaining love for all that God has bestowed upon us in children, fruit of the land, forces of nature and the breath of life, sustaining the balance that allows all to be renewed by His gifts.
So, I need to ask myself: where am I a life giver, a sustainer, healer and protector of life: life in the home, life in the Church, life in society?
GOD THE SON. God came as Son sent by the Father to renew the life that was broken by sin and rejection of God. Jesus, the Word, brought the teachings of God and gave his life that our lives might be renewed and saved by his redeeming love on the Cross and his Resurrection. He offered us the Sacraments as the life giving sources to continue his healing grace throughout our lives. Through Baptism he opens for us the life of the Trinity; in Confirmation he apportions his Spirit to sustain that life. He gives himself as Bread of Life to feed us; He binds his children through the sacramental work of the priest and the espousal love of husbands and wives within the Church community; He heals through reconciliation and the anointing of the sick. “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age,” Jesus tells us in the Gospel.
By rooting our lives upon the Sacraments, we too become empowered to help bring about, heal and renew life among us. Jesus came not as judge, but as healer. We are not destined to cast judgment upon the earth or within our environment. We have the simple destiny to bind up what is broken and help make whole that which is weak and suffering. We are not to run from the burden of society, but to come close to help nurse the gift of God back to life under the life-giving sources of the sacraments and the call to serve with fidelity and commitment.
Where, then, do I find the will to seep myself in the sacramental mystery of
Christ by making of my life a true sacrificial gift of renewal for family and nations? Are we with each other, for each other or against one another?
GOD THE SPIRIT. “You have received the Spirit of adoption through whom we cry: ‘Abba, Father!”, says Paul to the Romans. We have been incorporated into the Mystery of the God who has called us to be his children. Therefore, we live by the new life that God breathes into our souls. God shows his love for us by opening his life to us and welcoming us into his own beauty and grace.
Each time we open ourselves to receive one another in a more perfect, more healing and more renewing way, we live by the true Christian spirit that echoes the breath of the Holy Spirit living within us. Does my heart, my spirit, my love, my life open up to be a welcoming person who entrusts one’s gifts to the needs of each?
When we participate in the creating and sustaining of life, the redeeming and healing work of love, and when we welcome each other into a community of faith and hope guiding one another to the God, we are living the life of the Trinity. This is the divine energy that identifies the true outgoing gift of God in creation, redemption and salvation. “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”