Holy trinity

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: divine communion

Sunday Bible Readings, June 16, 2019

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Cycle C

1) Prov 8: 22-31

Psalm 8: 4-9

2) Rom 5: 1-5

Gospel: Jn 16,12-15

divine communion

Something remarkable unfolded as Parisians watched the roof and spire of their city’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral quickly ablaze about two months ago. Strangers who usually passed each other without nodding or greeting began to converse intensely as they shared a common sense of shock and distress.

People who had barely known each other minutes earlier began to comfort each other by offering a shoulder to cry on as they gazed in dismay at the sudden destruction of their city’s historic monument.

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

The crisis has generated small and large communities of people who unexpectedly come together in mutual solidarity. Phone cameras captured groups of Parisians singing hymns to the Virgin Mary as they huddled together on their knees in spontaneous outpouring of community prayer.

It takes times of crisis, like these, for people to discover the most basic truth of the human condition – we are created in and for community. We are essentially social beings, destined to experience our unique individuality within circles of communities interwoven in family, church, neighborhood, society and the world.

On Trinity Sunday, the word of God reminds us of a fundamental truth of faith: God is a community of divine persons whose love overflows in the world created, redeemed and sanctified by the Holy Trinity.

We profess this truth of the Christian faith every Sunday as we pray together the creed that our God is essentially a community of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Yet for many, the doctrine of the Trinity remains abstract, even removed from everyday life. So how is the Trinity relevant to my daily spiritual journey?

Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Our faith as disciples of Jesus begins, rests and ends in the Holy Trinity. The goal of the Christian life is to grow each day in a communion of love with the Triune God.

To believe that God is a trinity of divine persons is to receive God’s merciful invitation to friendship with the Father through the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus simply said, “All that the Father has is mine.

The Trinity is as relevant as the next breath you take. For life is born from the creative hand of God the Father, is redeemed by the mission of Jesus his Son, and sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So, on this Trinity Sunday, let us remember and draw strength from the grace of our baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

Baptism calls us to nothing less than to participate in the life of the Holy Trinity. Will we accept this divine invitation? In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we pray with confidence, “speak to me, Lord.”

Reflection question:

What does believing in the Holy Trinity mean to you?


Sullivan is secretary for Catholic education of the Archdiocese of Washington.