Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

John 3: 16-18

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Victorine Mansanga

Published: June 11, 2017

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  

This prayer which we have the practice of saying many times a day helps us to reflect on the Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We are so used to making the Sign of the Cross before different activities that at times it becomes routine and we can lose its meaning. 

Today as the Church gives us the opportunity to celebrate the Blessed Trinity we can again reflect on the words which we pronounce in these two prayers. As in a course in the catechism, we can take time to consciously make the Sign of the Cross, representing the three persons of the Trinity.  We can thus realize that through these prayers we give glory to the Trinity whom we celebrate each day. 

However, todays feast also gives us the opportunity to better understand the marvels hidden in the Trinity. This beauty reveals to us that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit form a communion of love where none is superior or inferior to the others, whatever its function.  The relationship among the Three is characterized by love, and it is by love that the Creator made the world along with the other members of the Trinity: “Let us make humans in our image”.  It is by love that the Son is sent to earth to save the world and it is by love that the Son in turn sends the Holy Spirit to sanctify men and women. 

Created in the image of God who is love, we are called to live and spread love around us.  It is love alone which can help us to produce and bear fruit.  Contemplation of the Trinity teaches us many lessons which can help us to bear fruit in ourselves and in our relationships with others.  Among these lessons the first is that in the Trinity there is dependence, co-responsibility and respect for the function of the others. The Son depends entirely of the Creator. He acknowledges his equality with the Father in his response to Philip, “Who sees me sees the Father”.  In addition, in speaking of equality with the Father, he does not praise himself and become filled with pride. He does not experience loneliness because the Father is with him.  “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  The Father sustains the Son sent to earth and promises eternal life to all who believe in him.  The bonds of the Trinity show us that we are social beings and that we need one another in order to grow in love. 

The second lesson is the search for mutual good.  Within the Trinity is love.  No Person of the Trinity seeks personal interest.  Nevertheless their equality is different from likeness.  The Creator is only Creator, the Son, Son and the Spirit is only Spirit.  There is a reciprocity of love.  In addition, despite their equality, each one of the Persons has a role which is different from that of the others.  It is this diversity which makes for harmony in their relationships.  God the Father is creator, the Son is Savior, the Holy Spirit is sanctifier.  Following the example of the Trinity, may we make love reign in our groups, communities and work groups.  It is only when love reigns among us that we will be able to speak about it and bring it to others Finally, the Trinity brings us a message of love, joy and peace.  Despite this, the world is filled with hate, jealousy, envy, fear of others and suspicion.  Let us pray that the example of the Trinity may inspire our lives and our relationships with others.  Let us pray more particularly for our religious and political leaders that they will strive with love for the good of the persons and institutions for which they have responsibility.  Let us pray also for the conversion of those who still do not believe in Jesus’ message of love.  Since we have been created in the image of God and God is Love, let us also live in love according to the words of the Son of God. Blessed be the Holy Trinity, indivisible unity of God. 

 

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