Holy trinity

The Holy Trinity can comfort us in these times

Solemnity of the Holy Trinity
Exodus 34: 4-6 and 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13; John 3: 16-18

“Moses called on the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed ‘Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness. And Moses bowed down to the ground and bowed down.

There is an almost instinctive fear of isolation within all of us. It is only when we are in communion with one another, and above all, with a loving God, that we are truly alive. It is in this desert hidden from the heart that the God of Israel revealed himself to Moses as a Lord of tenderness and compassion, a God of goodness and faithfulness.

Originally, these words were addressed to a people on a journey that had brought them from the abundance of Egypt to the desert of Sinai. It is in the strength of this reassuring presence that the people were able to both enter this desert and, in this desert, grow in the love of their Lord.

Faced with Covid-19, we entered a very different wilderness. The same Lord speaks of our fears and our losses. In the words of the prophet Hosea, addressed to a sinful people, it is in such a desert that he begins to speak to our hearts, claiming them for himself.

“I’m going to lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. There, she will answer me as she did when she was young, as she did when she left Egypt. (Hosea 3:14)

In many ways the Trinity is a mystery beyond comprehension, but at its heart is a truth that speaks to the heart. In Jesus, the Word made flesh, the God promised as tenderness and compassion, has become something more than words. He dwelt among them, speaking directly to that interior desert which must accompany sinners from time to time.

He spoke words of healing and forgiveness, words of healing fellowship.

“God (the Father) loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him will not be lost, but have everlasting life. “

This truth, at the heart of the Trinity, and revealed in Christ as the Word made flesh, is a truth to be lived throughout our life. In the words of Saint Paul, our life grows to perfection when we help each other, come together and live together in peace. It is then that the God of love and peace dwells in our hearts, embracing us in a Trinity which is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. “