Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Matthew 28:16-20

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Marilyn Kerber

Published: May 31, 2015

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Many years ago now a priest began his homily on this feast by noting an article he had read that was titled “The Trinity is MORE than Two Men and a Bird!” Indeed "the Trinity" is! Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. “The mystery of the most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #234) My favorite rendition of the Holy Trinity is the icon by Andre Rublev; he is considered to be the greatest medieval painter of icons and frescoes. And because this concept of three persons in one God is a mystery, both words and artistic renderings, even the icon by Rublev, will never let our minds fully grasp the meaning of the Triune God. Our faith journey is about gaining an insight, a new appreciation now and again into one of the persons of the Trinity or the Trinity itself. Through Rublev’s icon, I receive the insight that the Trinity is about self-giving, the giving within the Trinity, to the world and to each of us. In this icon, Rublev depicts a mutuality of persons, a communion. And there is something both masculine and feminine about his rendering of the Trinity, another reminder of give and take. The figures are seated around a table that holds a single cup, with the three partaking of the one.

In today’s Gospel we gain an insight into our relationship with the Trinity as we hear these words of Jesus:

"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Jesus sends his first disciples, and us in turn, to do no less than proclaim and teach and invite people to be baptized into this mystery of the Trinity! To do so we need onging insight into and appreciation of this mystery. How can you and I continue to gain insight into and grow in our appreciation of this “central mystery of Christian life and faith?” One suggestion I have to offer has to do with our making the sign of the cross in word and gesture. Today and in the week ahead, let us make the Sign of the Cross in being ever more conscious of the words we say and the gestures we make. And as we make the Sign of the Cross, let us ask that we might grasp the mystery of the Trinity ever more fully and proclaim this mystery by our lives. The wonderful glimpse we have of God’s goodness in today’s Gospel is that Jesus will always be with us. We do not proclaim and teach and invite people to be baptized into this mystery on our own.

 

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