The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (C)
When there is war, as we all have witnessed in the world today, each warring nation becomes an aggressor; each one retaliates and defends itself from defeat, annihilation and shame. Yet there is another one involved: the weapons supplier. They collaborate with each other, while the warring nations settle differences violently. In this situation, peace and love are lost, the Holy Trinity, creator and author of life, is shelved, and the people, who are mercilessly caught in the middle of the aggression, are the innocent, the poor and those who have no influence in society.
Today, on the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity, God manifests Himself as three Persons in one God, not at war with one another for love for mankind, but with abundance of love, extends His love to creation. The Father loves the Son. The Son loves the Father. The Holy Spirit loves the Father and the Son, and they relate with one another in love and obedience: the Father sends the Son, and the Son sends the Holy Spirit to His people. Each one gives glory to one another. Creation is caught in between the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and though men have lost their worthiness of God due to sin, God raised them to the dignity of children. The reality of the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is not retained in themselves, but because of God’s nature of being loving and merciful, the effect of love is revealed in the Father’s mercy and graciousness, in the Son’s humility and obedience on account of man’s salvation, and in the Holy Spirit’s power to lead all of mankind back to God. Jesus emphasized this to His disciples: “If you love me, follow my commandments; and I will pray to the Father and he will give you another Paraclete who will remain with you forever” (Jn 4:15-16). The faithful will grow in grace, and will be strengthened to live up to the Hope that saves.
It is significant that we celebrate this feast immediately after the Easter season, for it opens for us the Liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which actually is not very ordinary, for God permeates every fabric of the life of the Church, pervades every movement of our life, and guides the courses of nature. The Holy Trinity, which surpasses all numerical schemes, is our defense against the uncontrollable movements of the environment, our security in the midst of our battle against the vicious elements of evil and sin, and our strength in our struggle against the fleeting ways of the world.
When God created man and woman, He created them in His image and likeness, in the likeness of His love and of His dignity, thus, as children and heirs of His Kingdom. This blessed condition was destroyed by sin. However, God did not give up on them. Despite sin in the world, God promised a Savior to redeem all men from slavery to sin. At this time, God has already revealed that He would send His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in this world so that all could approach God, the Holy One, and learn to seek His ways. God has already imprinted in them the reality of the Blessed Trinity. This is why St. Paul was able to say, “Brothers…. if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom 8:12-17).
Before His Ascension, Jesus said to His disciples, “Go… make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). Jesus wanted us to realize that as His disciples, we have the imprint of the Blessed Trinity in us. We were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Many times during the day we sign ourselves in the name of the Holy Trinity, in prayer, in thanksgiving, in asking for graces, in times of difficulties, in death, in marriage, in seeking forgiveness and in many other situations. We bless others in the name of the Holy Trinity that they may go with God and be protected from evil.
When Mary was asked to be the Mother of Jesus, the Holy Spirit would come upon Her, and the power of the Most High would overshadow Her (Lk 1:35). With Her “yes,” Mary did not only receive the Holy Trinity, She also carried in Her womb and delivered to the world the 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity. Let us ask Mother Mary, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, to intercede for us to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, to reside in us and among us, so that we may reflect the love and unity of God in our families and communities. Let the Eucharist be the memorial of God’s love for us as we respond to God’s call to be holy as He is holy. May we grow in wisdom and grace to know and to love Him; and may God guide us on our way to eternal life.