MAY 30. Trinity Sunday. Matt. 28. 16-20
Updated: Sep 5
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
Today is the day the Church comes together to celebrate the Godhead; - the three persons of the Blessed Trinity; - a mystery which is beyond us where we have three separate persons, but only one God!
But it is only a mystery if we, his creatures, believe we should be able to understand everything about our Creator; - but that idea, in itself, is ridiculous, as he is the creator, and we are the creatures.
In one sense it is equally ridiculous for us to expect we should have the ability to understand?
He is the Creator (not ‘they’ are the Creator) and we are the creatures!
But certain aspects we are capable of understanding, and one of these we learn from our own experiences, namely, it is not “good” or “right” for us to Love ourselves as Love, of its nature, calls us to “give”; - but it is not possible to give if you are only one; - as there is nobody to give to!
But the teaching of the Trinity, which Christ, our teacher, proclaims in today’s Gospel, overcomes this problem, as each of the “persons”, or individuals, is able to “love” each other; - while remaining one creator God.
While this does not “explain” the mystery of the Trinity, it enables us to understand one central teaching that is proclaimed by scripture, and that is that “God is Love!”
When we understand this central truth about our Creator, it helps us enormously to understand; - to some degree; - the need for our God to be more than one person or being.
It is also reflected, again to some degree, in the first book of the Bible where God proclaims; - “It is not good for man to be alone!”
Another aspect of love that as creatures we can understand, because we are called on to “love” is that love leads to union; - a truth illustrated by the Sacrament of Marriage, where two people are called on to become one; - in a union of love!
But where this divine love “overflows” is in the teaching of Christ that proclaims that we, his creatures, are called on to become one with God, in a union of Love! This is probably as great a mystery as the mystery of the Trinity itself; - that our Creator wants us to become one with him in a union of Love!
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word! My Father will love him and we will come to him, and make our home with him”
Gospel Acclamation cf Revelation 1:8
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit:
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
First reading Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40 · The Lord is God indeed: he and no other
Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors – all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?
‘Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.’