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Trinity Sunday


Proverbs 8:22-31 ;

Psalm 8:4-9;

 Romans 5:1-5;

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."


The Feast of Most Holy Trinity

 

Trinitarian Dimension in Prayer: Prayer is a participation in the Trinitarian life. Father dimension in prayer is our transcendence. It is self-giving love. The Spirit dimension is imminence. We become aware that the Holy Spirit is not the object of prayer but the subject of our prayer but the subject of our prayer. The Spirit enables us to pray and to call Abba, Father. The Son dimension is transparence and openness. By nature human beings are open. This openness is necessary for the discovery of the other. Every Christian must a center and that center is Christ. Jesus had Father as his center. What is your center that becomes your identity. If Jesus is the center of your life then life starts changing. Then you can say with Paul, “I live but no longer I live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal.2:20). Trinitarian dimension in prayer calls us towards a life centered on our fundamental “source of life”.

Holy Trinity is a mystery. We cannot define or describe it. We can only experience it. We cannot express it. Love of the Triune God is the key. Jesus says, “If anyone loves me he will keep my word and my father will love him and we shall come to him and make our home with him (Jn 14: 22-23)

Jesus had revealed to us about God the Father and the God the Holy Spirit. And we get this knowledge from the Gospels.

Jesus projects God the Father as a compassionate and merciful father. He is a loving Father. Jesus tells the crowd, “Look at the birds of the air. My father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Consider the lilies of the field. My father clothes them. Will he not much more clothe you? Therefore I tell you, do not worry about what you eat, what you drink, and what you will wear. Strive first for the kingdom of God and everything will be given to him (Matt 6: 23-26).

Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6: 9-10).

Jesus challenges us to be “perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect, who makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Consider all human beings as your brothers and sisters and love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5: 43-48).

Jesus presents a merciful father who waits for the return of his son and unconditionally forgives him and accepts him not as a servant but as his son and urges his elder brother to accept his younger brother ‘ who is lost but now found’ (Luke 15: 11-32).

Apostle Philip asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied”. Jesus replied, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Believe in me that I am in the Father and Father is in me” (John 14: 8-11).

Jesus said, “God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

In the Baptism of the Lord we find the presence of the Triune God. After receiving baptism, Jesus came up from the water. Suddenly heavens opened, the Spirit of the Lord descended on Jesus like a dove. A voice from heaven said, “This is son, my beloved” (Matt 3:     ). Every Christian is challenged to have personal and foundational experience of God before he/she starts his/her mission of proclaiming the good news of the Gospel to the humanity.

Now let us reflect about Jesus, the second person in the Trinity. Paul describes the Crucified Christ beautifully in the Letter to the Philippians, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God, but emptied himself taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death on the cross. God exalted him and gave him name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend in heaven and on earth and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord” (Phillip: 2: 4-11).

Luke says, “Was it not necessary that Messiah should suffer those things and enter into his glory. The four evangelist present through the Gospels about Jesus of Nazareth “who was a prophet mighty in deed and word, before God and before people, was condemned to death and was crucified  and on the third day he was risen”  and became the Redeemer of the world.

Let us reflect on Holy Spirit. He is the second greatest gift send by Father after Jesus. He is the wind, the fire of tongue descended on Apostles and Mother Mary. He is the way of Martyrs. He is the living water; never drying fountain; comforter and counselor who takes complete control on us.

Holy Spirit will enlighten us in three areas of life: on sin – that those who do not believe in Jesus even after encountering him; on righteousness – we can become righteous by walking in the way of the Lord. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; Judgment – the Spirit will reveal to us that Satan, the ruler of the world had been condemned.

Do we realize that Holy Spirit is active among the people to whom we preach the Good News? While Paul was speaking the Holy Spirit was opening the hearts of the people to receive God’s Word.  Before we start our work of spreading the message of Christ, the Holy Spirit acts in us and in our listeners.

Jesus tells his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit from the Father, and together with the Spirit, they will be his witnesses throughout the world.

Conclusion: Let us today try to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity. We begin our prayers in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We also end our Prayer in the name of triune God. The Priest blesses the congregation with this concluding prayer: The grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all, now  always and forever Amen.

Fr. Shepherd Theleppilly CMI

 

A story you can use

A priest was sitting in a Chicago airport waiting for his plane. A man sat down beside him and began to give his opinions on religion. He boasted, “I won’t accept anything I can’t understand. Take this business of three Gods in one God or whatever it is. I can’t take it. Nobody can explain it to me, so I will not believe it.”

Pointing to the sun streaming in the window, the priest asked, “Do you believe in the sun?” “Why, of course,” the doubter admitted. “Alright,” the priest continued, “the rays you see coming through that window are from sun, 90,000,000 miles from here. The heat we feel comes from both the sun and its rays. The Holy Trinity is something like that. The sun is God the Father; the sun sends out its rays, God the Son. Then from both the sun and its rays, from the Father and the Son, proceeds or comes the Holy Spirit, the heat. Can you explain how it happens?” The doubter quickly changed the subject.

(From Pulpit Resource)

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Homilies Navchetana is an initiative of Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India. We have been sending the Sunday and daily homilies last four years. We are grateful to you for your cooperation and encouraging comments. Navchetana is committed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through modern media and performing arts. Through our Web TV, audio and video productions and stage programmes we take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission.


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