Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our prayers begin and end in the name of the Trinity. In our Baptism, we are drawn into the very family of God – we are baptised in the name of the Father, son and Holy Spirit. How beautiful it is and how blessed we are, to be part of God’s family!
In our first reading today from Deuteronomy, we see God speaking a powerful word of love deep into the hearts of his chosen people. St. Paul reminds us that through our baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are the children of God, full of dignity and life. Today’s Gospel is often referred to as the “Great Commission”: it contains the instructions given by Jesus to the disciples, as he is about to depart, that they are to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. They are to baptise “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”.
So as we celebrate Trinity Sunday, we pay attention to this command of Jesus and especially the last words: “and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”. Jesus will be with us always through the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s presence with us. Let us remember the words of St Paul in last Sunday’s reading: “What the spirit brings is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control … since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit”. What a powerful prayer for us to repeat again and again, open to the Spirit of God at work in us!
This mystery of the Trinity is at the very heart of our Christian faith. It can never be fully grasped or understood. Our human minds and vocabulary can’t comprehend the depth of God’s love. We are invited to allow this mystery to penetrate our hearts as we allow the mystery of God’s love to surprise and move us. “In our liturgy and prayers we are like swimmers in an environment full of the presence of God the Holy Trinity: the sign of the cross, the Glory be, the Gloria, the Creed, the Eucharistic Prayer, the endings of prayers and all blessings”. (Redemptorist, The Living Word) Let us today thank God for allowing us to participate in his Divine Life, of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We could spend a few moments reflecting on the Icon of the Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev.
Have a blessed week ahead, Fr Joe