HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY.
THEME: A God who Cares.
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa.
Once upon a time, there was a celestial being called El Elyon and his kingdom was called Everlight. He was a super being who had three distinct aspects called Love, Wisdom, and Power. All three aspects were very powerful. El Elyon inspired love and compassion in all living creatures and was active in healing broken hearts and reconciling people, and fostering unity. El Elyon observed that there was sadness, suffering, darkness, and sorrow in the land of Terra. The people of Terra were not happy and had lost hope and were fighting among themselves. There was no peace in the land. El Elyon decided to come down from the kingdom of Everlight by taking human form to come and dwell with the people. He wanted to understand their plight and help them come out of their sorrow and suffering. One of the people that El Elyon encountered in Terra was a woman called Amelia. He met her at a time when she was enveloped by sorrow and sadness and was in the depth of frustration and distress. Amelia had suffered so many disappointments in her relationship and no longer believed that true love existed. She had witnessed greed among her people and had been cheated by dishonest people. She came to the conclusion there were no more honest people in the world. She was a very talented artist but her suffering, sorrow and frustration were beginning to make her talent fade and her artwork to be boring. When El Elyon came close to Amelia, she began to experience true love again, and her energy began to be restored. For the first time, she came across a magnificent being that was not there to exploit and drain her, but only to seek her growth and healing. El Elyon asked Amelia to collaborate with him to restore love, hope, and faith in the land of Terra. She obliged and did so through her art work. She began to paint with renewed vigour as she painted with love, pouring her heart and soul into her artwork. Her work inspired other artists and brought hope and joy, and rekindled love in the hearts of the people of Terra. El Elyon collaborated with Amelia and established an unshakeable bond in transforming Terra and changing the face of the earth. Their mission of love inspired many towards love and compassion.
In the above story, El Elyon represents God whose other name is Love. Terra can be interpreted as the earth, and Amelia as representing the condition of the human person before the coming of Jesus. The story gives us a glimpse of the nature of God who is love. A scriptural passage that provides some insight about the nature of God as a Trinity is what is known as the Triadic Benediction: “The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:14. Therefore, the Father is love, the son is grace and the Holy Spirit unites (fellowship). Furthermore, the Introduction of the Gospel of John clearly shows the divinity of Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Besides, the “Golden text” of the Bible, John 3:16, Jesus said to Nicodemus: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
Even though the scriptures reveal who God is, the human mind cannot fully comprehend the depth of God and this is why a prominent Christian leader says: “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God. Catechism of the Catholic Church adds: “The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God” (#237).
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity shows how near God is to His people and so He is called Father. He took flesh to live and work among His people and continues to support His people through the power of his spirit. He is present through His love; He is present through the grace of His son and empowers His people through His Spirit dwelling in hearts.
A deep reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity shows that we cannot comprehend everything about God who is a mystery and that the knowledge of God goes beyond logical reasoning. God is one, and yet as three distinct persons. I saw an interesting statement written on a bus. It reads, “If you study me, you will not graduate.” If we cannot fully comprehend who we are, how can we fully understand others? If the human person is too deep to be understood, what about God?
Furthermore, in the relationship that exists in the distinct persons of the Most Holy Trinity, we learn that God exists as a community in a relationship of mutual love. It teaches us to respect the uniqueness of each person, and the beauty of unity in diversity. We too have to discover how interconnected we are and the need to deepen our relationship and work together in harmony.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A
Ex. 34:4B-6, 8-9; 2 Cor. 13:11-13; Jn. 3:16-18
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