Closer to Us than We are to Ourselves: Holy Trinity Sunday

“Do not seek God in outer space –your heart is the only place to meet Him face to face.”    –Angelus Silesius

All the truths in this world can ultimately be traced back on the truth of just two statements; first, there is God and second, you’re not Him. Many philosophers may argue that the most important question is ‘who am I’. However, for believers, I propose that the most important question to answer would be ‘who is God’. The question ‘who am I’ must always go hand-in-hand with the question ‘who is God’ for only in knowing God’s identity, our Creator, can we truly comprehend the meaning of our existence, our origin and destiny. Today’s celebration of the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity invites us once again to answer the question who is God.

Delivering a homily on the Blessed Trinity was termed by pastors as the ‘preacher’s nightmare’. While on the other hand, for the most of us, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity remains just as it is, a mystery just to be accepted and believed in as summarized by a few words of catechism or for a few others as fully stated in the Athanasian Creed. While we full agree with St Augustine’s “si comprehendis, non est Deus (if you understand Him, He is not God),” nonetheless, it is never prohibited to approach and indeed, upon closer reflection, by revealing this mystery, God wants us with all His heart to approach Him in this mysterious identity. For it’s not only us who search for Him but also He who seeks for us. Indeed, we may not all become successful in finding Him but we can be sure that we will all be found by Him.

The point is, despite of being a mystery, the Trinity is an invitation to know God and an initiative of building a relationship as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Lack of understanding this mystery must not mean incapability of loving in our part. Just because we cannot feel Him doesn’t mean that our relationship with Him will be less real. In fact, it is more real, much more real than our earthly relationships. We are made in the image and likeness of God. God is a relationship, a communion of persons. It also follows that our personal relationships are made in the image and likeness of God. If our relationships here feel so real, how much more would be our relationship with God since earthly relationships are just images and likenesses. This is what St Paul tells us in the Second Reading, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and “the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” We have gained access to this grace by faith and if we will truly believe it, this relationship would be fully realized in us and in our lives. The Father will be revealed to us in His All Powerful love and goodness which is above anything this life can throw at us. We will never hesitate in approaching the Son, who is like us in everything except sin, who can understand us because He experienced it all, who loved us to death and is now with us living in the Eucharist, in the sacraments and in the Church. And the Holy Spirit will consume our whole being as the God within us, the God willing to enter our human personality and change it, the love of the Father and the Son which is also for us, a love so real that it is a person!

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“God is love, and He who remains in love, remains in God, and God remains in Him (1 Jn 4:16).” St John eloquently summarized the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity in this statement. The Blessed Trinity is never above the human experience. We can always experience Him in the truth and the fullness of love. Love, indeed then, is the origin, the means and the fullness of human experience. And those who truly love, whether they believe in God or not, will soon find God or else God will find them.

The First Reading tells us how the Wisdom of God is present in every detail of the creation. It tells us that with wisdom, we will discover the hand and presence of God in every moment of our lives; that He is concern with every detail of it and there we can encounter Him because He has found delight in the human race.

Finally, the Gospel assures us that God will never tire of revealing Himself to those who seek Him. He continues to reveal Himself and guides us to all truth. So we must make an effort to know Him, for we cannot love a person we do not know and we will discover the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and exclaim with the Psalmist: “O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!”

PS. When Moses asked God who He is, He answered with the words “I am who am” cleverly explained as denoting God as the fullness of Existence, an Existence that continues to reveal Himself. But for me, it simply means that God is saying: You will know me by the things which I will do. Indeed, we will know Him more in the best things to come! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1st Reading: Prv 8:22-31

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

2nd Reading: Rom 5:1-5

Gospel: Jn 16:12-15

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