June 7, 2020
Trinity Sunday A
Fr. Ed Smith
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18
We have been living through a time of great changes to our lives, and also great challenges to our ability to be positive and hopeful from one day to the next. It has been mysterious. But that does not mean it has all been bad. Perhaps we have been given quiet time we would never had had before; maybe we have learned to appreciate the daily conveniences we can so easily take for granted; we may also have become more appreciative of the mysteries of our faith that help us through difficult times. This weekend we reflect on the Blessed Trinity: the greatest mystery of our faith. Let’s consider this great mystery together. We believe in ONE God…and yet, we speak of God as THREE persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How is God one and, at the same time, three? Let’s be clear from the start: we will never really understand this sublime mystery. What we do know is that the Trinity pervades our faith. We begin our prayers with the sign of the cross: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…” We use this same formula at the start of Mass, and for the blessing at its conclusion. It is used at Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. The Trinity is central to our faith, our prayers, our sacraments, and our understanding of God. Think of it: We baptize a baby in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to bring them into the life of the Church community…and, at the end of that life, we commend them to the next world through the invocation of that same Blessed Trinity. And throughout life, we invoke this Triune God countless times. Our readings today emphasize the significance of the three persons of the Blessed Trinity for us. In the reading from Exodus, we see the face of the Father turned toward His beloved children, even though they have been unfaithful. In the Gospel, the face of God is revealed through the gift of Jesus, the Son, who offers eternal life to His people, because “God so loved the world.” And in the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, the entire Trinity is called upon: “The grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” Our whole life is consumed by this grace, this gift, and this love. This is the beauty of the mystery of the Blessed Trinity: it is a mystery of Love. And that, my friends, is why this mystery is not something to be ‘solved’ [like a detective story] but rather a reality in which we believe and trust. Only God could conceive of such a wonderful way to communicate with His dear people. So yes, there is mystery in life, but the greatest mystery of all is here with us, loving us, healing us, and guiding us ever closer to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.