The Most Holy Trinity - Year C - 22nd May 2016

A Feast of Love

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity which is a mystery difficult to comprehend. In our daily life we begin every one of our prayers with the sign of the cross and call upon God, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

When reflecting on the Trinity, I find the image of love most helpful. We cannot define the power of love, and yet we know it from experience. The Life of the Trinity is a life of love - a love that is infinitely bigger than anything we can imagine. Our understanding of love is limited by our own experience which is so often tarnished by our self-seeking desires. With God ‘love’ is totally a self-giving love.

Love of its nature tends to spread; so it is not surprising that this God who is so full of life, should choose to share what he has with us creatures. The line we heard in today's Gospel. supposed to be the best known line in the bible, says it all: "God loved the world so much, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life”. (Jn 3:17)

‘I love you’ means not ‘I want you all to myself’, but ‘I want to give all of myself to you’. This is the wonderful self-giving love that God bestows upon us.

The love that flows eternally from Father to Son and Spirit is not an inward-looking love - but a creative and dynamic love. From that love, all that is came into being. We too were called into being through love - and for love.

Jesus revealed this inner life of God to us, but more importantly He has invited us to share in that divine life through our baptism. In this sacrament we enter into a loving relationship with the three persons of the Trinity. We become children of the Father, sisters and brothers to the Son, in loving union with the Holy Spirit. The three become our intimate friends. More than that they live in us. The reside permanently within us as long as we remain faithful “Anyone who loves me will keep my word” says the Lord “and we shall come and make our home with him” . (Jn 14:23)

Think about this for a minute. We believe that the God who creates, redeems, and sustains the world seeks us out and invites us into a loving relationship. That is what gives us our greatest dignity and urges us on to share this message with others. What a privilege! What an invitation! What a God!

The Trinity is: God for us, God with us, and God within us. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. or as Julian of Norwich prayed to God as 'my maker, my lover and my upholder'

Fr Kevin O'Shea, C.M.