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2022-06-15 - Trinitarian Unity of love. A reflection for the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity, Year 2022 Author: Fr Camillus Nwaigwe

 
Readings: Prov. 8:22-31; Romans 5:1:5; John 16:12-15
 
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity, remembering how important, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Communinion of the Holy Spirit are to us as Christians in our daily lives. This great celebration reminds us about some of the following points:
 
1. We gather around the Lord's table in this liturgy to worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, a trinity of persons, united in love as One God. This is a dogma we should believe in.  We thank God the Father for creating us as his son's and daughters, we thank God the Son for redeeming us and making us his brothers and sisters, we thank God the Holy Spirit for sanctifying us and making us his friends and dwelling place.
 
2. The first reading talks about how the creator begot wisdom and this wisdom took part in creation.
In the second reading, Paul though without mentioning the Holy Trinity directly presents the three divine persons in their forms and actions. In the gospel, we hear the revelation of the Blessed Trinity by Christ. He gave the mandate "Go and make disciples of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28 19); the Trinitarian formula.
 
3. The theology of the Blessed Trinity
 
The Trinitarian theology simply states that there are three persons in God, yet not three but One God. This means, three united persons, united in love as God. This is a unity of essence. 
As Christians and especially Catholics, we profess this faith in our daily lives by making the sign of the Cross, during the Gloria, credo and other prayers.
 
4. Trinity in the Scriptures
 
Although the word Trinity may not be explicitly found in the Scripture, yet the scriptures contain information that implicitly talk about the Blessed Trinity, they include;
•Gen.1:1-2, The creation story.
•Matt. 28:19, Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
•Matt. 3:16-17,Mk. 1:10-11,  The baptism of Jesus and manifestation of the Trinity.
•John 1:1-2, In the beginning was the word
John 10:30, I and the Father are one
 
5. Implications and Messages
 
The previous weeks, we read from the gospel of John 17 where Christ said his priestly prayer which centred on oneness and unity. Today, we celebrate the great model of unity and oneness; the blessed trinity. This message become timely especially as we live in a world that is filled with rancor and discord. This is evident in families, marriages, relationships, friendships etc. Today the Lord reminds us that despite our differences in talents, gifts, etc, we can work together to making the world better.
 
Make your differences your strength: In a football game, what makes a team unique and indomitable is that they have different players playing in different positions and with different styles but playing according to the instructions of one coach. These differences amongst the players make them indomitable. Where the striker cannot score, the midfielder can or even the defender. Our differences should be our strength and not weakness.
 
May the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever. Amen
 
Happy feast day to us all.
 
 
 
 
 



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