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GOD AS THE BLESSED TRINITY OF LOVE. A reflection for Holy Trinity Sunday, Year A.
By Fr. Modestus Mgbaramuko
Sat, 06 Jun 2020

Readings: Ex 34:4-6,8-9; 2Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18

     My brothers and sisters in Christ, like last Sunday, we commemorated Pentecost, so this Sunday, we celebrate the Blessed Trinity. Last Sunday recalled the presence, power, and gifts of the Holy Spirit; this Sunday brings even a greater fulness to the spiritual joys of God’s presence amongst us. For, as the Lord and Giver of Life, the Holy Spirit always proceeds from the Father and the Son. Today, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we offer worship, praise, blessings, and glory to the one God: the Blessed Trinity.

      The Scripture readings are particularly grand in portraying the mystery. In the first reading (Ex. 43:4-6, 8-9), we go with Moses to meet the God of utter tenderness and compassion. We hear God’s self-proclamation as “Lord, God of tenderness, compassion, and faithfulness. In the second reading, we meet the same God in Christ Jesus, inspiring us to unity, perfection, and peace. In other words, we encounter Jesus in the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; and Christ asks us to share the growth in grace that comes to us through him, with him, and in him. In the Gospel, we still witness God, who, out of love, sent the Son and the Holy Spirit to us. “God loved the world so much,” Scripture says.

   God wishes us to accept the message of the Gospel of Jesus by seeking peace and giving love through openness to the Holy Spirit, whom we have received. Celebrating the Blessed Trinity, therefore, we profess, and we adore God in the communion of love. We confess the “vinculum amoris” of God’s inner household – the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We approach God’s divinity even as God’s divinity approaches us in a loving self-revelation: the undivided unity of love.

    We need to long and crave the life of affection of the Blessed Trinity. We should pray to reflect in our word and deed, the bond of love that is,  the communion of the love of God as Father, the peace of Jesus Christ the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We may not totally or entirely understand God as God is. We need not argue doctrines of faith, but we can learn and receive inspiration, and spiritual support for our lives from what we believe.

    Notwithstanding that some resist the way of love, and some others follow the part of hate (tribal, racial, ethnic, etc.) due to the privileges they have or lack, our call is to mend our ways. We must begin today, even now, to see things and do things differently. We must try and grow up in love and help others to get up in love, too (2Cor13:11). Genuine love will instead forgive and restore. It will renew and regenerate, rather than scorn and punish. This is how our knowledge of the Blessed Trinity can redeem and free us. But hate and graft also enslave and demeans those who prefer it. Anger may hurt our enemies, but it first destroys the best in us and shows up the claims that we make as false. In the end, it is love that defeats arrogance, because those who listen to love, hear the voice of truth (Jn 19:37b).

    We are not passive sharers in the life of God. Not with the weakness or ignorance of yesterday, where we lived as enemies of each other. Not now, nor tomorrow, when we will dare to claim indifference or forgetfulness of the example being revealed to us anew today. Not anymore, because we confess faith in the unity and love of the Blessed Trinity. We do not only celebrate belief. But we are challenged to live our faith or the hope that we profess. It makes me ask you as I ask myself today: What is your faith? How do you structure the devotion and hopes that you have? And if you have genuine faith, is it what you share?   

 

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