Emulating And Living In The Harmony Of The Most Holy Trinity
Readings: (1st: Prov 8, 22-33; Ps: 8, 4-9; 2nd: Rom 5, 1-5 Gos: Jn 16, 12-15)
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is Holy Trinity Sunday. The term “Trinity” itself is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. However, Christ instructed us: “Go into the world and baptize them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19). Hence, the Church teaches us that: “The divine persons are relative to one another…the real distinction of the persons from one another resides solely in the relationships which relate them to one another…because of that unity, the Father is wholly in the Son, and wholly in the Holy Spirit…” (CCC255).
In today’s first reading, wisdom is personified. She is both God the Creator, and at the same time, the witness to creation. In order words, we are reminded that it is only the Trinitarian God that can comprehend and explain Himself. As humans, we only share or participate in God’s wisdom. Hence, ours is limited while God’s is absolute.
In the second reading, Paul tells us that: “The love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Christ is the fullness of God’s love. From this, we have some insight about what this union of the three divine persons looks like. Each of them do their work, yet they remain one and undivided. Today’s gospel makes this unity clear. Each and every one of them bears witness to the same word and truth. Each affirms and confirms the work of the other. They do not contradict one another. They are not separated by time or space, because their project is one and the same. Also, they share the same glory.
There are many lessons to learn from today’s solemnity. These includes that, we must learn to remain united in faith. Today’s celebration also reminds us that, although we are called to be united, each one of us is unique. This is expressed in the different modes of spirituality which exists in the Church. In spite of these, we are still united in the pursuit of God’s kingdom. So, none should be deprived of his uniqueness. Therefore, as one united, “but not uniform people,” we must continue to work for the progress of God’s kingdom.
Furthermore, just as each of the three divine persons, we must not be selfish or work for our personal gratifications. No member of the Trinity oppresses or takes advantage of the other. So, we must avoid manipulating, oppressing or suppressing other members of our families, communities, and church. We should learn to live in harmony with one another in spite of our individual differences and uniqueness. We must avoid treating other members unjustly as if they are not important or do not belong to the same family or community of God.
We can live harmoniously together in this big family and universal church of Christ without bursting the ego of others, or robbing them of their dignity and uniqueness. For us as humans, conflicts are inevitable. However, when we confront them prayerfully as a united family, they help to strengthen our unity. So, if we must remain united, we cannot resolve our conflicts through hatreds, gossips, and unjust criticisms of one another.
Finally, today we must learn from the three divine persons how to love and respect one another. This also means, complimenting and appreciating the efforts of one another. If we live in harmony as the Most Holy Trinity, then: “The greatness of the name of the Lord will be made known through all the earth” (Ps 8:2).
Peace be with you all!