The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40
The date of May 31, will always be a day I remember because back in 2001, it was a day that a good friend of mine, and I needed to stop the madness of anger that was going on between us. As we said, “I am sorry, please forgive me!” we felt the world stopped spinning just for a moment. It was one month earlier, that I had said to him with a precise aim, “I wish you were dead!” I watched those words leave my lips and hit the target with great destructive force. On May 31, 2001, it was do or die for us, for my friend was leaving the next day to go back to school out east, and he would be gone for the whole year, and I would not see him at all. With the prompting of the Holy Trinity, our relationship needed to be mended, and it was, not by our doing but by Gods doing.
Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity. We celebrate three persons in one God; God the Father, the creator, God the Son the redeemer, and God the Holy Spirit the sanctifier. That is all I got, to explain the Holy Trinity because it is a mystery. That is ok, with me, because I want a God who is bigger and more than me! What I do know is the effects of the Holy Trinity in my life. The Holy Trinity lives in perfect harmony with each other and we are to strive to live in perfect harmony with one another. I need that help of the Holy Trinity because my life at times is a mystery, and I am not able to figure it out. What I have come to discover is each time the Holy Trinity says, “Hold on, we will be right there to create something new, to pull you through and to fill you with grace.” Our readings bring this relationship out very well and its effects on us.
In our first reading from Deuteronomy, the people are about to enter the Promised Land. They have been wandering for 40 years, and none of the people that Moses is speaking to are the ones that left Egypt. These people are one generation past. This reading is not about the Trinity but about the effects of the Trinity on their lives. Moses says with great excitement, “Never forget, the awesome things that God has done for you and your ancestors. As God now leads you into the Promised Land.”
You can almost imagine St. Paul in his letter to the Romans walking back forth in his room saying, “I know there is a special relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I just cannot explain, but I know its effects for each time I was in fear of destruction or death the Spirit came and led me to new life.” Paul comes to know himself better in union with the Holy Trinity.
In our Gospel, Matthew, gives us the Great Commissioning, “To go out to all nations and to make disciples of the people. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Did you notice the beginning of prayer? Everything we do is to begin with the help and direction of the Holy Trinity.
My friends in Christ, we gather in our beautiful church, to come from one world into another as we passed through those doors. Everything about our beautiful church speaks of the Holy Trinity. I can only make sense of the Holy Trinity by the relationship they have and challenge us to live. What relationships do we give thanks for and want to strengthen? What are the relationships that need to be healed? May we hear the Holy Trinity say to us, “Hold on, we will right there to create something new, to pull you through and to fill you with grace.”