The Holy Trinity Leaves Its Imprint
The Most Holy Trinity (B); June 3, 2012
Dt 4 32-34, 39-40; Ps 33; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20
Deacon Jim McFadden; Divine Savior Catholic Church
Our liturgical calendar is so rich! After the Easter Season, in which we had fifty days to ponder the depths and challenges of our Lord’s Resurrection, which culminated in the renewing Feast of Pentecost, the liturgy provides three Solemnities of the Lord: today,
Trinity Sunday; next Sunday Corpus Christi; and finally, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday. Each of these liturgical events highlights a certain perspective of the mystery of our Christian faith: namely, the nature of the Triune God, the Sacrament of the Eucharist—the fount and summit of our worship—and the human center of the Person of Christ.
Today we contemplate the big question: WHO IS GOD? Jesus has revealed to us that God is love “not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance” (Preface). For us to proclaim that God is three-in-one is to say that God is a community. God is the Creator and merciful Father, who is the source of Love. God is the only-begotten and beloved Son, eternal Wisdom made Flesh, who died and rose for us; God is the Holy Spirit, the loving energy that is shared between the Father and Son, who moves all things, cosmos, and history toward their final destiny. Three Persons are one God because the Father is Love, the Son is Love, and the Spirit is Love!
Brothers and Sisters, as the evangelist John would proclaim: GOD IS LOVE! This is not to say that God has love or that love is one of God’s attributes; John is saying that love names the very essence of God. Being wholly and only love, God does not live in self-contained, absolute solitude, not needing anyone else. Rather, God is the inexhaustible source of life that is ceaselessly given and communicated. We can grasp this to some extent by observing the macro-universe: our earth, the solar system, the Milky Way, the billions of galaxies containing billions of stars; and the micro-universe: atoms, molecules, elementary particles. What do we see? Everything that exists, from the wonderous galaxies to the most minute particle, is in relation: EVERYTHING IS IN RELATIONSHIP TO SOMETHING ELSE! In this way we get a glimpse of God as relationship and ultimately, as Creator Love. Quite simply the Trinity reveals to us what is real in the universe: all things derive from and are sustained by Love. Everything aspires to love, everything moves and is guided by love, through their naturally state of being and with varying degrees of awareness and freedom. God has left his loving imprint on the cosmos! Quite simply, the Trinity reveals to us what is real in the universe. Relationship—giving and receiving– is the basis of reality.
The doctrinal revelation of the Trinity has profound pastoral and practical implications for our Church, the Body of Christ. When St. Paul was preaching to the sophisticated Greeks at the Areopagus of Athens , he said that “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The strongest proof that we are made in the image of the Trinity is simply to look within: what really makes you happy? Love alone makes us happy because we’re meant to be in life-giving, authentic relationships. We live to be in love and to be loved. Everything else is secondary.
Borrowing an analogy from biology, we could say that imprinted upon our “genome,” the human being bears a profound genetic mark of the Trinity, of God as love. God is the fullness of Being, which is Love; we share in that Being through our humanity. We are most human when we remain in and reflect God’s love.
We have a great mediator to help us live authentic human lives. Our Blessed Mother, Mary, became the handmade of divine love: in her docile humility she accepted the Father’s will and conceived the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was her “Yes!” that permitted Love to be incarnated in Jesus. Since Mary is the Mother of God, she is our Mother, as well. She is the Mother of the Church and she gives us a model to follow. Our Church is not one of exclusion, but inclusion. All are welcome. We are a home for all human beings. Let us look to Mary, who magnifies the Blessed Trinity, to help us grow in Trinitarian love!