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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Reflecting on the divine community that exists in the heart and life of God

Sunday Bible ReadingsJune 12, 2022: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

1) Prv 8:22-31 Psalm 8:4-9
2) Rom 5:1-5 Gospel: Jn 16:12-15

Reflect on the divine community that exists in the heart and life of God

At the restaurant, it is not uncommon to see a group of people take out their mobile phones and sit down to share a meal around the table. Even when we socialize with our family and friends, our electronic devices are close at hand, when needed. I even saw a group of students taking pictures of their meal and sharing them with the person sitting across from the table!

Human beings are social creatures. We are born into the first community of our immediate family, and we grow and thrive in ever-expanding communities at home, school and work.

And even though electronic devices have changed the way we experience social interactions, we cannot escape this fundamental fact of our human existence. We are essentially social beings who exist in community from beginning to end.

Jem Sullivan writes for Catholic News Service (CNS photo/courtesy Jem Sullivan)

This Sunday, the Church invites us to reflect on the divine community that exists in the very heart and life of God, whom we praise as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is not a theological abstraction but a privileged occasion to contemplate the marvelous love of God who is a community of divine persons. This divine love of the Holy Trinity overflows into the world and into our lives.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit directs our gaze to a simple truth about who God is and who we are in relationship to God and to each other. We believe in God who is a community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and into whose life we ​​are incorporated by baptism. We are baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and have become members of the family of God!

The psalmist invites us to praise the goodness of the divine community of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in giving thanks for the heavens, the moon and the stars, the animals, the birds and the fish of the sea. These marvelous works of God, the divine artist, are crowned by the creation of man and woman, created from the beginning to exist in a community of love.

As the psalmist sings, “You did it a little less than the angels and you crowned it with glory and honor.” The author of Proverbs echoes the same song of praise to God for having created the heavens, the seas, all the creatures of the earth, and for having found “delight in the human race”.

In the Gospel, Jesus promises the gift of the Spirit of truth that will guide the Church into the truth that comes from God. Jesus is the face of the invisible God, his Father, and their divine love is poured out in the gift of the Holy Spirit upon the church.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity recalls our baptismal incorporation into the divine community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit which deepens each time we gather around the table of the Eucharist.

And we know this with the certainty of faith “because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”, as Saint Paul says to the Romans. In the joy of belonging to the community of the Holy Trinity with faith, we pray: “speak to me, Lord”.

Reflection question:

What does it mean to belong by baptism to the community of the Holy Trinity?

Sullivan is a professor at The Catholic University of America.