• Rev. Lawrence E. Polansky

The Most Holy Trinity (A)

"God sent His Son that the world might be saved through Him."

Entrance Antiphon: “Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for He has shown us His merciful love.”

First Reading: Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9 — “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God.”

Responsorial Psalm: Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55 — “Glory and praise forever!”

Second Reading: 2 Cor 13:11-13 — “The grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”

Alleluia: Rev 1:8 — “Alleluia, alleluia. Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come. Alleluia, alleluia.”

Gospel: Jn 3:16-18 — “God sent His Son that the world might be saved through Him.”

Communion Antiphon: Gal 4:6 — “Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father.”.”

The greatest love story of all time is the story of our salvation. God, despite all our sins, has such great love for us that He is unwilling to leave us in our sinfulness. The Lenten and Easter Seasons we celebrated show us that. And as this weekend’s Gospel reminds us, He was willing to sacrifice His only Son so that we might be raised from the death of sin and come to share in His life of communal love.

Today’s solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates that life of communal love. For God is One God, in Three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – whose relationship is one of complete self-gift and outpouring of love. In other words, God is not a being who loves, God is love itself.

That God is greater than we can ever know and yet is also one who revealed Himself to us in His Son is truly something to celebrate. For the God who is transcendent – above all things – is also immanent – present to all things. He invites us to relationship with Him. He invites us to seek more, to know more, and to open our hearts and minds to how He reveals himself to us.

So today’s solemnity is actually a double celebration. We celebrate what God has revealed, we accept the invitation to know Him more, and hopefully we should find joy and fulfillment in that knowing.

As the fundamental mystery of faith, it permeates our identity and prayer. In the Mass, we invoke the Trinity in several ways: from the initial sign of the cross, to the Gloria, to our opening prayer ... a prayer which is addressed to the Father, but offered though Jesus Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit … one God, forever and ever. After the homily, our creed sets out what we believe about the oneness of God, and yet a God who is Father, Son, and Spirit. And, of course, in the central act of the Mass, we will ask the Father to send the Spirit so that our bread and wine might become for us the Body and Blood of Christ, His Son. Our faith is Trinitarian!

Here we have three divine persons, who in the words of the creed are consubstantial – eternal each to be adored and glorified, and yet, one God. Within the Trinity there is such a perfect relationship that they are fully united in every way – no boundaries or separations except that they are not the same person. Everything that belongs to one belongs to the other, and yet each is not the same as the other.

By celebrating the Trinity, we recall God’s invitation to us to be in relationship with Him. We are reminded that God loves each of us and wills only our good. We are reminded that this love is so real that Christ was actually willing to die for us. And we are reminded that the Spirit is the gift of the Father and Son to us, to remain present among us. The Holy Spirit teaches and reminds us of that Trinitarian love, strengthening and consoling us in times of challenge and trial, and empowering us to be disciples in a troubled world.

Let’s be honest, we will never fully know – in this world – how and why God loves us so much or why He has chosen to make us His sons and daughters. So today, let’s just simply revel in that divine love and that holy identity. Let it flow over us like a great wave – empowering us to live as faithful disciples.

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