Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (B)
Moses confronted the Israelites with the questions: “Did anything so great ever happen before?… Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation?” (Dt 4:32 ff). There certainly was no other God than the God of Israel.
We also ask ourselves similar questions. What great things happened to you today? Is there any other god who can lead you to your situation now? Your condition now should be able to proclaim that God is working. And today is a very important day of your life because you are alive. In other words, if you believe that what you did yesterday was better than today, you have not done much today. If you think that your past was more exciting and blessed, you have not been grateful enough. For husbands and wives: if you think you were happier in your early years of marriage, you have not grown in love. For children: if you think you were happier in your childhood, you have not been grateful and have not matured. For workers: if you think your past work was better, you only have earned, but have not grown in love for work. For friends: if you think your past friends were better, you have not built on them and have not contributed to the growth of friendship now. The Israelites were always tempted to worship other gods because they wanted to do what the pagans did. Their faith has not matured despite the signs God performed for them. Moses proclaimed: “This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other” (Dt 4:39).
Today we may have eradicated the gods of the pagans of olden times, but we have created modern time gods, like money, power, influence, pleasure, technology, progress, etc. We also have tried to eliminate God from our lives by acting like gods. We have disregarded His commandments. We have robbed Him of His authority and leadership. We have abused and misused freedom, His gift of life and the environment. We have despised the poor and the needy. We have not been grateful enough for the gifts we have received from Him, taking all the credit for what we have done.
St. Paul teaches us the following:
- “You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” (Rom 8:15). We will notice that on Resurrection Day, the first thing that Jesus did to His disciples was to appear in their midst and gave them His Holy Spirit to dispel their fear of the Jews. Jesus returned to them the confidence that they were chosen. We are also chosen to be with Him.
- “We are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” (Rom 8:16-17). In the story of the Prodigal Son, the merciful father never thought of his son as prodigal or abandoned. The father longed for him and received him back with open arms and heart. Despite our sinfulness, God never gives up on us. Jesus, our inheritance, always awaits us.
- “We are children of God…. if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him” (Rom 8:16-17). Suffering will always be part of our life. We experience the suffering of pain and sickness and become helpless, and only in God do we trust. We experience the suffering of humiliation for our faith, for people’s rights and for the sake of peace, and only in God do we look for protection. We also experience the suffering of loss of freedom and rights because of people’s greed for power and wealth, and we can only count on the power of God for deliverance.
Suffering with Jesus is our way to God and to holiness. It is suffering with obedience to the will of God that will gain us its saving effect. And the Holy Spirit gives us the fortitude to bear all these in Jesus for the glory of God.
From this we may learn of the gift and life of the Blessed Trinity for us:
- a) God gives. He gives us the world to live in. He gives us His Son and the Holy Spirit to make us His children. He also gives us the responsibility to share His life with everyone.
- b) God saves. He allowed Jesus to suffer for us so that by the value of His obedience we may be acceptable to His Father. God makes Himself the Rock of our salvation from which flow a never-ending river of graces for us.
- c) God sends. “Go, therefore, and 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” (Mt28:19-20). He does not only send, but also gives us His Holy Spirit as assurance that He will be with us till the end of time.
In the Eucharist we receive not only Jesus but the Blessed Trinity. God blesses us with the fullness of His life, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, to make us all one in mind, one in spirit, one in Christ’s body, one in our ministry and one in His love.