The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity

Ven, 05 Giu 20 Lectio Divina - Anno A

Exodus 34: 4b-6, 8-9;

2 Corinthians. 13: 11-13;

John 3: 16-18

 

Today’s feast invites us to live in the awareness of the presence of the Triune God within us: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Holy Trinity, a doctrine enunciated by the ecumenical councils of Nicaea and Constantinople, is one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity and the greatest mystery of our Faith, namely, that there are Three Divine Persons, sharing the same Divine nature in one God. “There is one God, who has three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All the prayers of the Church, including the Holy Mass and the Sacraments, begin with an address to the Holy Trinity: We are baptized, absolved of our sins and anointed in the name of the Blessed Trinity. We bless ourselves with the Sign of the Cross invoking the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we conclude our prayers glorifying the Holy Trinity, saying “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.” Today’s readings convey the fundamental mystery that the Triune God reaches out to people in love, seeking the deepest communion with them.

Our God is a relationship between persons. The way the three-person of Blessed Trinity relate to each other is unique and yet so uniting that we have a Trinity of Person in the Oneness of our God. The Trinity is a mystery. The Trinity is not something that can be explained, but the mystery of the Trinity can be experienced. How awesome is our God!

Today’s readings from Proverbs, Romans, and John are all about "pouring out." The readings give a glimpse of some of the characteristics of our Triune God. Even these are only our human way of trying to relate to a God, Who is far beyond our understanding, yet so close to us as our next breath. God pours His Self out in Word; God and Word pour out the Spirit to help us pour ourselves out; the Spirit pours forth Faith and strength and character. Instead of spelling out the doctrine of Holy Trinity, today’s readings summarize the effects of the Trinity in our daily lives. 

 In the Gospel, Jesus, the Son of God, mentions the role of the Holy Spirit, His close relationship with God the Father and what the Holy Spirit is going to do for us as we go about our daily tasks. God has revealed to us three separate functions that are carried out by the three Persons. He has told us that it is proper to attribute to God the Father the work of creation; to God the Son, the work of Redemption, of reconciliation and healing, and to the Holy Spirit, the work of guidance in truth, in the work of teaching and in the work of sanctification. As the Father, God has brought forth the created universe and even our very selves. As God’s Son and our Brother, Jesus, He has made known a God Who hears our cries, Who cares, Who counts the hairs on our head and Who loves us so passionately that He became one of us, to suffer for our sins, to die that we may live. As Spirit, God remains with and within us as Paraclete: Guide, Advocate and Consoler.

   In our First Reading, Moses again encounters the God Who has revealed a portion of the Godhead by sharing the divine name the “mercy, graciousness, slow to anger, rich in kindness and fidelity.” What a magnificent God we have who describes the divine essence with such powerful concepts. All of them speak about a God of relationship. 

The Responsorial is a song of praise proclaimed by Daniel concerning the worthiness of God to receive all glory, honor and exaltation forever and ever. It also speaks of the relationship between God and the people God has chosen. The response of God’s people should always be to be one of gratefulness and acknowledgment of God’s greatness. We should be in a relationship that praises the greatness of a God who takes an interest in our lives.

   In the Second Reading, St. Paul speaks to the faith community in Corinth. He encourages them to live lives that proclaim that God is in a relationship with them. He ends with a Trinitarian blessing: “The grace [gifts of salvation which came through the ministry, death, and resurrection] of Jesus Christ, the [unconditional] love of God [the Abba-Father], and the fellowship of [and unity which flows from] the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” [Italics are my expansion of the blessing.] We are reminded that we have received so much from God and we need only be more fully conscious of what we have received because our God wants to have a relationship with us.  

In the Gospel, the often quoted John 3:16 reminds us of the purpose and mission of Jesus, the Son: to manifest the Abba’s (His own, and the Spirit’s) love for us. Jesus came that all who believe in Him (and His relationship with the Abba and the Holy Spirit) might have eternal life – that is a permanent, everlasting relationship with the God who is Triune.

 We are called to become more like the Triune God through all our relationships: We are made in God’s image and likeness. Just as God is God only in a Trinitarian relationship, so we can be fully human only as one member of a relationship of three partners. The self needs to be in a horizontal relationship with all other people and a vertical relationship with God. In that way, our life becomes Trinitarian like that of God. Modern society follows the so-called “I-and-I” principle of unbridled individualism and the resulting consumerism. But the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity challenges us to adopt an "I-and-God-and-neighbor" principle: “I am a Christian insofar as I live in a relationship of love with God and other people.” Like God the Father, we are called upon to be productive and creative persons by contributing to the building up of the fabric of our family, our Church, our community and our nation. Like God the Son, we are called upon to reconcile, to be peacemakers, to put back together that which has been broken, to restore what has been shattered. 

As God the Holy Spirit, it is our task to uncover and teach truth and to dispel ignorance. It is a way of living the Gospel attentive to the requirements of justice, understood as rightly ordered relationships between and among persons.”