Dearly Beloved, In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We just invoked the presence of the Trinity. The Father who has loved us in Christ; The Son who died that we may have forgiveness for our sins; The Holy Spirit who empowers us. The church has always maintained this dogma as a mystery. It is a mystery to appreciate, but not necessarily a mystery to unravel. Many who have attempted to explain this mystery ended up in heresies. This is because every step in the process raises more questions than answers.
We are presented with a puzzle in the very first reading. A puzzle that can be concluded with the question, who am I?
"The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains or springs of water; before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet the earth and fields were not made, nor the first clods of the world.”
Who am I?
Friends, we see the personification of wisdom in the first reading. She is both God the Creator, and at the same time, the witness to creation. In other words, we are reminded that it is only the Trinitarian God that can comprehend and explain Himself. As humans, we only share or participate in God’s wisdom. Hence, our wisdom is limited while God’s is absolute.
In the second reading, Paul tells us: “The love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Christ is the fullness of God’s love. From this, we have some insight about what this union of the three divine persons looks like. Each of them do their work, yet they remain one and undivided. Today’s gospel makes this unity clear. Each and every one of them bears witness to the same word and truth. Each affirms and confirms the work of the other. They do not contradict one another. They are not separated by time or space, because their project is one and the same. Also, they share the same glory.
There are many lessons to learn from today’s solemnity. One lesson in particular, is that we must learn to remain united in faith. Today’s celebration shows us that although each one of us is unique, we are all called to be united. This is expressed in the different modes of spirituality which exists in the Church. In spite of these, we are still united in the pursuit of God’s kingdom. So, none should be deprived of his uniqueness. Therefore, as one united, “but not uniform people,” we must continue to work for the progress of God’s kingdom.
Beloved, this mystery of the Trinity is revealed, so that we can invoke and abide in their presence. That is why in all our liturgical celebrations, we begin “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Invoking and abiding in their presence with the sign of the cross is a devotion and a discipline. I wish to emphasize this discipline as a reminder. This has been a strong traditional prayer among Catholics. Invoke the Trinity to begin your day, invoke and bless yourself before you move your car to begin the day. Invoke them when you have to study, or when you have reached your destination. Invoke their presence when you eat.
Be mindful however, that it does not become just a meaningless ritual, just maintaining it as a symbol without force and power. It’s more of a devotion than a tradition. Remind yourself each moment that you are loved by the Father, you have been forgiven by the Son and you have been empowered to do all things by the Holy Spirit. Be conscious and invoke their presence this week, and observe the difference that you experience in both your physical and spiritual lives. In the name of the Father and of the Son and Holy Spirit. Amen