The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40
It is the best day ever! Why because it is the holiday weekend, and although I am glad you are here, you may be thinking, “Can you hurry this along, I have things to do?” The other reason is, we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, which is a mystery, so I will never be able to explain it! So, this could be the shortest homily ever! What we celebrate is three persons in one God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That is it! It 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! I want a God who can understand me because sometimes I am a bit of a mystery. Now even though I cannot explain the mystery, we can know the mystery because the Holy Trinity is all about a perfect relationship, and since we are created in the image and likeness of God we are called to live in the relationship and to strive to be like the Holy Trinity. Our readings speak to us about the Holy Trinity through this perfect relationship.
In our first reading from Deuteronomy, Moses is giving a homily to the people encouraging them to remember this intimate relationship God has had with them. Moses says, “Can you remember a time when God acted in your life? Never forget it, let it burn in your memory.” Are we able to remember a time when God helped us in a relationship and he helped us to move that relationship forward?
St. Paul to the Romans speaks of a very intimate relationship where now the Holy Spirit is reminding us that we are sons and daughters of God. Paul says, “If you can remember a time when God acted now look for the times that the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives right now?”
In our Gospel, we heard, “When the disciples saw Jesus, they worshipped him, but they doubted.” It is really not a bad place to be, because it is where we are many times in our spiritual life! How often do we see Jesus, we come and give him worship, but we doubt! I think it happens a lot. It does not mean they did not have faith; it just means their hearts and their heads were not in the same place. Let’s try this for example, “Who can give me a list of things why you love someone or something?” Who can give me a list of things of the most beautiful thing they have ever seen? Who can give me a list of things that describe holding your first child or first grandchild?” These things are all much bigger than us, and we experience something so wonderful, but we cannot make sense of it all.
My friends in Christ, we may never unravel the mystery of the Holy Trinity, but we can know of its effects in our lives. The closing line gives us the promise we need to know as he says, “I will be with you always, until the end of time.” May we be strengthened by this perfect love to be like the Holy Trinity in all of our relationships? In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.