Trinity Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

I remember when we were training to be ordained priests, we had one class call “Presiding.”  In this class, we were taught how to preside at the different sacraments.  Each week we would all take turns practicing our presiding in front of the others.  When it came time for me to demonstrate my “skills” presiding at the Liturgy of the Eucharist, I was energetically corrected by the teacher.  I began with the sign of the Cross, gave the formal Trinitarian greeting and then said “Good morning.”  The teacher stopped me in my tracks!  He wanted to know why, after having greeted people in the name of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I thought “Good morning” was necessary?  I turned red from embarrassment, probably looked at my shoes and offered the strong defence of “I don’t know.”  He then went on to remind me of the centrality of the Trinity in our Christian faith and the emphasis it always deserves.  When he was finished, I started again.  This little story gives light to the often forgotten importance of the Trinity in the lived experience of our faith.  It is only through the revelation in Jesus Christ that we are able to glimpse that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that God is one God in three persons.  In the Gospel, Jesus often speaks of and prays to “the Father.”  And with the Ascension he promises the Holy Spirit and sends it on Pentecost.  God willed that we know that God is Trinity.  For us then, it is to understand the importance of our Trinitarian faith, not merely as words that we say when we bless ourselves, but how it forms us into the people we are, both individually and as a community.

If we say that God is a community of relations, that is, of relations between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we can thus say that God is a community of love.  And if God is love and this same God creates us, what then does it mean for us?  It seems to me that it means everything.  To be created by love means that we are created for two things.  The first is to be loved and the second is to love.  When we practice our faith, we often make a mistake.  We think that true religion should be marked by the absence of joy and the presence of an almost smothering inhuman solemnity.  The truth cannot be more different.  Our faith is joyful because it knows and celebrates love and is honestly human because it expresses who we are – God’s children made to be loved and to love.  

As a community of disciples of Jesus Christ, we are necessarily the beloved children of the Trinity.  We are coming to understand and believe that this means we are created to be loved and to love.  And when the Lord tells us to go out into the world to proclaim the Good News and to grow disciples by “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” we are being instructed to foster the growth of love.  We may sometimes think that we live lives that do not know love.  This is a deception of the evil one, whom St. Ignatius of Loyola sometimes referred to as the enemy of human nature.  Indeed when we think love is foreign to us, we are being tricked by the enemy.  Love is never removed from us because it is who we are.  You are tenderly created by love and are made to be loved and to love.  Let us go into the world proclaiming this truth!  Let us know that our Christian lives are Trinitarian, that is, they are founded on and embraced by God’s love.

God Bless and Take Care!

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