Sunday Gospel reflections: The everyday challenge of the Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Year C)

West Texas is a privileged area for astronomers. In some places it is so dark that the night is called boca del lobo, or the wolf’s mouth. When stargazers ponder the dark night, a feeling of wonder and awe floods their heart. And some of them may ask, “Is this God?”

This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday. As Christians, we contemplate the mystery — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — and ask ourselves what significance this might have for us today. We baptize and bless in the name of the Trinity. Jesus commissions all in the name of the divine Three. We are “made in the image” of the Trinity!

The Trinity means that God is a community. This is the “truth” that Jesus speaks of in the Gospel. The three divine persons are in relationship with each other, in a profound spirit of trust and outpouring of love. The Trinity is self-giving surrender and shared love with all creation. Love is a bonding-agent. “One God and three persons” is a oneness with diversity.

As Christians we are called to reflect the Trinity-as-community in our daily activities and relationships. An authentic community, nurtured by the Eucharist, requires trust, sacrifice, dialogue, participation, listening, silence. It is a challenge to live community within our families, workplace, school, and among nations. But every dark night has its “star of wonder.” We need only follow it.

  — Fr. Robert Dueweke, OSA


Readings: 

Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Romans 5:1-5

John 16:12-15

“The Holy Trinity” by Luca Rossetti da Orta, 1738-1739. Photo: Public Domain

West Texas is a privileged area for astronomers. In some places it is so dark that the night is called boca del lobo, or the wolf’s mouth. When stargazers ponder the dark night, a feeling of wonder and awe floods their heart. And some of them may ask, “Is this God?”

This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday. As Christians, we contemplate the mystery — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — and ask ourselves what significance this might have for us today. We baptize and bless in the name of the Trinity. Jesus commissions all in the name of the divine Three. We are “made in the image” of the Trinity!

The Trinity means that God is a community. This is the “truth” that Jesus speaks of in the Gospel. The three divine persons are in relationship with each other, in a profound spirit of trust and outpouring of love. The Trinity is self-giving surrender and shared love with all creation. Love is a bonding-agent. “One God and three persons” is a oneness with diversity.

As Christians we are called to reflect the Trinity-as-community in our daily activities and relationships. An authentic community, nurtured by the Eucharist, requires trust, sacrifice, dialogue, participation, listening, silence. It is a challenge to live community within our families, workplace, school, and among nations. But every dark night has its “star of wonder.” We need only follow it.

  — Fr. Robert Dueweke, OSA


Readings: 

Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Romans 5:1-5

John 16:12-15

“The Holy Trinity” by Luca Rossetti da Orta, 1738-1739. Photo: Public Domain
Coming of the AdvocateFr. Robert Dueweke OSAHoly TrinityJesusJohn 16:12-15Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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