Gospel Matthew 28:16-20
Dear friends, today we celebrate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith, namely, the Most Holy Trinity. In our Catechism we learn that there is only one God, and there are three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. To us, these three persons are equal, equally powerful, equally loving and yet distinct from one another. This celebration reminds us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are dwelling together; they are never separated though each of them is distinct. They are not to be taken as three Gods but one. No human mind can fully explain the Holy Trinity; it is a mystery and can best be appreciated only with the eyes of faith. It is a dogma.
What is a dogma? It is an article of faith, revealed by God with the magisterium of the Church, presented as necessary to be believed without questions. There are many dogmas in the Church – The Assumption, The Immaculate Conception, etc. These are expected to be believed instead of criticised and explained.
What are the functions of the three Divine persons? God the Father is the Creator, God the Son is the Redeemer or Saviour and God the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier. The most important point of the Trinity is the unity between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is celebrated as a community, a Divine being. As Christians, we were baptised in this Trinitarian community. The Trinity is not something to be believed, it is a life to be lived. After all we are baptised and made one with the life of the Trinity. The Sign of the Cross is symbolic of the presence of the Trinity in our lives.
In the First Reading the Israelites are about to enter into the Promised Land and Moses reminds the people never to forget all the Lord has done for them. We too are experiencing God’s love, care and protection in our lives and like the Israelites, Moses also encourages us to strengthen our faith in God. In the Second Reading they are offering a systematic teaching on the Holy Trinity. Paul presents the three Divine persons in the concrete form of actions. In the Gospel, Christ the Son reveals the mystery of the three Divine persons to us. ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’
This Sunday the Church reminds us that the three Divine persons are not divided. They have the same mission, which is Salvation of the whole world. The Holy Trinity teaches us that God is a community and wants us to be a community as well. The Feast shows us the beauty and value of unity and diversity, the power of team work, and that life is a partnership – we need each other to grow and realise our potential. An African proverb says, ‘If you want to go fast, travel alone but if you want to go far, travel together.’ May today’s celebration unite the family spirit and our hopes to continue to co-exist.