Holy trinity

Celebrate the Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday is an invitation for us to continue to go beyond ourselves and our own sense of “mine”

Everything the Father has is mine. —John 16: 5

There is an African folk tale about three blind men who examine an elephant to try to determine what kind of animal it might be. One grabs the elephant’s tail and exclaims, “This creature looks a lot like a rope.” The second man runs his hand over one of the tusks and says, “This creature looks a lot like a spear. Finally, the third man, patting the large, solid side of the elephant, said, “This creature is surely a wall.”

Individually, each of the blind captures only one aspect of the majestic creature. But, by sharing their ideas, they learned a lot more about elephants than any of them could have on their own.

Like the experience of these three men, all the various celebrations of the Church throughout the year work together to help us enter more deeply into the mysteries of salvation and the ways in which God has been and continues to be. at work in the world. The celebration of this Sunday in honor of the Most Holy Trinity is no exception.

This special day in honor of the Holy Trinity was, however, a rather late addition to the cycle of seasons and feasts of the Church. In fact, Pope Alexander II (died 1077) would have opposed the idea of ​​having a special day to honor the Holy Trinity because, as he observed, the Holy Trinity is celebrated every Sunday and every day in the prayer of the Church. It was Pope John XII who made the feast of the Holy Trinity part of the official liturgy of the Universal Church in 1334.

Falling like the Sunday following Pentecost, this day in honor of the Trinity brings together all the mysteries that we celebrated during the times of Lent and Easter: the creative, saving and sanctifying work of God who not only freed us. powers of sin and death, but which also unites us as a community of faith: the Church.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity also reminds us that the God we adore is “one God in the Trinity” and “Trinity in unity” (de The Athanasia Creed), inviting us to consider that all our relationships are a reflection of this unique and dynamic communion that exists in God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. By grace, we are constantly invited to be part of this relationship, to live in the love of God.

We get an idea of ​​this in this Sunday’s Gospel when we hear Jesus talking with his disciples about his relationship with the Father and the Paraclete (that is, the Holy Spirit), which he promised to have. would come to his followers after his departure. In this beautiful text, Jesus explains that the promised Spirit “will take of what is mine and declare it to you”. But, as Sister Barbara Reid, OP, notes, “what is Jesus” is also what belongs to the Father as Jesus states: “All that the Father has is mine. There is no “yours and mine” in Divinity – only “ours”, for the three intertwine in a fellowship of love in which there is no possessiveness ”(de Permanent speech).

Ultimately, our celebration of Trinity Sunday is an invitation for us to continue to move beyond ourselves and our own sense of “mine”. God continues to bless us – in the continuing act of creation, in the enduring gifts of healing and redemption, and in the life-giving Spirit who inspires faith, hope, and love – and invites us to receive them. graces and gifts that he gives us so freely. . We are called to extend this invitation to others by sharing what we have received.

What gifts and blessings have you received that you hesitate or do not want to share with others?

How does the communion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit challenge you to open up to building loving relationships with those around you?

Words of Wisdom: “I firmly believe that most human suffering comes from broken relationships. Anger, jealousy, resentment and feelings of rejection all find their source in conflicts between people who yearn for unity, community and a deep sense of belonging. By claiming the Holy Trinity as the focus of our relationship lives, we claim the truth that God gives us what we most desire and offers us the grace to forgive each other for not being perfect in love. “—Henri Nouwen in Sabbatical Travel