Homily for Trinity Sunday 2018
Dearly Beloved, after the various celebrations with the paschal mystery of Christ, we begin the Ordinary season. Just the first Sunday within this period, the church in her wisdom, introduces us to the celebration of the Trinity. A reminder of the life we are all called to share by virtue of our common baptism. When you were baptized, you were incorporated into the life of the Trinity. Jesus was so clear about this in his mandate to the disciples. "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.
A story is told of an older couple who received an anonymous ticket to watch the Superbowl finals. As much as they tried to understand who sent it and why, the more confused they became. They went to watch the game anyway. When they returned very late into the night, they realized their house was broken into and their jewelries and valuables taken away. Then they saw a note “now you understand”. There are many things in life that we may not understand today but probably tomorrow, not so however, with the Blessed Trinity.
Friends, we have to know, that this dogma of the Trinity, though not directly or explicitly stated in the whole of the bible; however, there are traces of events that have brought the church to the conclusion that the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is also God. Three persons who share in one nature. God. For many religious communities, there is no argument that the Father is God. The problem comes with the admission of the Son and the Holy Spirit as God.
Let us look for example at the gospel passage for today: The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Allow me to refer you earlier to the gospel of St. Matthew 4:10: the devil said to him, “ All this will be yours, if you worship me.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.”
Again we are told, when they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. In their doubt the passage tells us, “Jesus approached them and said "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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”. If only God must be worshiped, why did Jesus not stop them when they were doing so.
St. Paul in the second reading exults us:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For 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!"
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
In effect, it is through the Spirit that we assume the adoption as children of God. My question is “how can He or That who makes you a child of God, not be God Himself? No one has ever fully exhausted this teaching on the Trinity not even Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine. The Trinity will continue to be in the depth of the mysteries of God. Many great Theologians in the past, in their quest to resolve this mystery ended up in heresy.
Dearly Beloved, those of us who have been validly baptized, already share in this life with God. In the words of the Psalmist today “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own”. Do you feel blessed? In the first reading, Moses had a course to challenge the people who took for granted their position as the elect and chosen of God.
Moses said to the people:
"Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
ever since God created man upon the earth;
ask from one end of the sky to the other: ……
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,
by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors,
all of which the LORD, your God,
did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
This is why you must now know,
and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God
Dearly Beloved, the good news is that we have a God in three persons who will do whatever to make sure of your security and your final redemption. I am happy to tell you of the Father who created you out of love. And when you were dead as a result of sin, sent His only begotten Son. I speak to you again of the Son who whole-heartedly gave up his life in love that you may live. And also of the Holy Spirit in Him, who continues to strengthen and sanctify you so that the new life you had at baptism is kept intact.
Dearly Beloved, if you have invested so much in a relationship, it is never easy to let it go. In this relationship where you do not offer anything so to speak, we can afford to let go but not for the Trinity who has given up everything to keep this relationship. As it were, you are holding the Trinity at a ransom. Why will God allow us to hold him at a ransom if not for LOVE?
Jesus concludes his instruction in these words or assurance “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” No matter what you may be going through right now, be reminded of this promise. “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Just exactly what is going on with you? What troubles you to the core of your being; what is the nightmare you face each day? Are you experiencing isolation and loneliness? What are you afraid of this summer and the rest of the year? Beloved, you are not alone. You have no small person than God himself at your side. He says “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Will you take His word for it? Regardless, regardless, can you trust him on that? Give some thought to it.