HOMILY/SERMON FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY – YEAR B

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HOMILY/SERMON FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY – YEAR B

HOMILY THEME: THE BEAUTY OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY

BY: Fr. Karabari Paul

Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40, Ps. 33:4-6,9,18-20,22, Romans 8:14-17, Matthew 28:16-20

‘Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has shown us his merciful love’

The reflection of today is unique because we are dealing with the central mystery of the Church’s faith; The Most Holy Trinity. In doing this, I entreat the Holy Spirit to guide us against two dangers: 1). Of tri-theism: The danger of making Father, Son, and Holy Spirit three separate gods. 2). Of Unitarianism: The danger of seeing the Father alone as God, and the Son as a Supreme Great man, and the Holy Spirit as an impersonal great force and power.

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The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God (Gen.1:26). The Father isn’t the Son, and the Father isn’t the Holy Spirit. The Son isn’t the Father, and the Son isn’t the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit isn’t the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the Son. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One God, One Lord: not in the unity of a single person, but in a Trinity of one substance. In the Gospel passage (Matthew 28:16-20), we understand that salvation is made possible through the actions of the Trinity, and the gateway Sacrament of baptism must be received with the edible mark of the Blessed Trinity.

They are equal in honour and majesty. In adoring what is proper to each Person, we say that the Father is the Creator, the Son is the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier (Ephesians 4:4-5). The Eternal Godhead exist in Unity while they do their job in diversity. There is always unity in diversity and diversity in unity.

Organic unity is never good. What gives beauty to the whole of creation is diversity. And for us to be at peace with one another, we must respect our differences. We shouldn’t have the mind that others must always act exactly the way we do, or how we like it.

Again, we must all play our individual roles in the distribution of talents and gifts without conflict. Our world will be dull and uninteresting if every person acts and behaves the same way or doing the same job. The world would be awfully urgly if everyone is fat with equal weight, if everyone is skinny with equal height, if all are black. What a terrible world it would be if all are rich. But if you think that your cook or driver isn’t important because they are not as rich as you are, then keep your money in their positions and remove them. Imagine a world where all are just lawyers and no engineers.

The Most Holy Trinity is a communion of persons expressed in love and unity. We are all products of a divided world with broken homes, hatred, selfishness and greed. But we are called to live out the image of God in us. The second reading (Rom. 8:14-17) reminds us that we are not God’s slaves living in fear: we are children of God, heirs as well. We have been granted the privilege of inheriting the glory of God. We can call on God as Our Father. If God is love, it should come as no shock and hardly surprising that His children are of similar strain. Let us never allow our diversity to be our source of troubles. Because we are beautifully made.

Even though we are all different, we can still work together in unity. Paul wrote: ‘I appeal to you…that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought’ (1 Corinthians 1:10). It’s unlikely that we are going to agree with everyone all the time, but in unity we can focus on finding a compromise. We particularly need to be united in seeking God when it comes to working for His kingdom. We can’t just do whatever we feel like; we need to follow His plan. When we are working with others, we need to pray together so that our thinking is aligned with God’s. Even though we have different gifts, it is the same God who is working through all of us, and that brings us closer together. The Bible says: ‘There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.’ We might look different, speak differently, and have different gifts but we are all one in Jesus. ‘So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith…There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:26-28). We are united in our identity as children of God, saved and loved by Him. So however challenging we find it to work with other people, we need to remember to see them how God sees them. We need to stop focusing on our differences, and start seeking God’s will together so that we can achieve the things He has called us to do. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God have mercy on us, grant us the grace to appreciate our different gifts and diversity, bless and protect us through Christ Our Lord Amen. Happy Celebration.

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