Matthew 28:16-20, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, (Matt. 28:19)”
This Mystery of Trinity is rightly called the mystery of all the mysteries because the Holy Trinity is at the core of our Christian faith. Yet, the fundamental truth we believe is not only extremely difficult to understand, but in fact, it goes beyond our natural reasoning. How is it possible that we believe in three distinct Divine Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and yet they remain One God? Some of the greatest minds like St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have attempted to shed a little light on the mystery. However, in the face of such immense truth, the best explanations would seem like a drop of water in the vast ocean.
I have no illusions that I can explain the mystery better than the brightest minds of the Church, but we may reflect on its meaning in our ordinary lives. The joyful Easter season ended with the celebration of the Pentecost Sunday last week, and we resume the liturgical season of the year or simply known as the ordinary season. As we begin once again the ordinary season, the Church invites us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity or the Trinity Sunday. The Church seems to tell us that the unfathomable mystery of Trinity is in fact intimately closed to our day-to-day living, to our daily struggles and triumphs, to our everyday pains and joys. How is our faith in the greatest mystery of all connected to our ordinary and mundane lives?
We often have false images of God. We used to think that God or Trinity is the greatest person (or three persons) among things that exist He is like a universal CEO that manages things from an undisclosed location or a super big and powerful being that controls practically everything. Yet, this is not quite right. He is not just one among countless beings. God is the ground of our existence. He is the very reason why anything exists rather than nothing. Thus, the act of creation is not what happened at the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. It is fundamentally God’s gift of existence to us. To be created means that we do not necessarily exist. Every single moment of our life is God’s gratuitous gift.
The Scriptures reveals the mystery of our God. He is not solitary and self-absorbed God, but our God is one God in three divine persons. Our God is a community founded on creative mutual love and constant self-giving. Therefore, our creation is not a mere accident, but God’s creative act and His gift of love. We exist in the world because God cannot but love us and wants us to share in the perfect life of the Trinity. St. Thomas Aquinas rightly says that we only believe two fundamental teachings, two credibilia : first, God exists, and second, we are loved in Jesus Christ.
We often take for granted our lives and get immersed in the daily concerns of life; we rarely ask what the purpose of this life is. Yet, it does not diminish the truth that God lovingly sustains our existence and cares for us, even to the tiniest fraction of our atom. Whether we are busy doing our works, focus on our family affairs, or simply enjoying our hobbies, God is intimately involved. Thus, apart from God, our lives, our daily toils, and concerns, our sorrows and joys are meaningless and even revert to nothingness. Celebrating the Trinity Sunday means to rejoice in our existence as a gift, and to glorify God who is immensely loving and caring for us.
photo by Harry Setianto, SJ