Solemnity of the Holy Trinity June 19th, 2011 Year A

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Dear Friends

The mystery of the Trinity is the greatest in our Christian faith! Before such a mystery, we find ourselves helpless, because the one whom we cannot comprehend, is God, who has absolute power over us and on whom we depend, for our well-being. Each time that we try to understand the dynamism of the Trinity, we become perplexed and confused because we are entering into the inner life of God. In trying to understand this mystery, it is good to remember that mysteries are not meant to be understood, but to be lived with admiration and hope, and our attitude should be that of respect and fear.

The Bible does not explain the mystery of the Trinity, but glimpses of its nature come to us through the Christ-event. Jesus says that the one who has seen him has seen the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom he chooses to reveal himself. Jesus has revealed God as one, but he is not alone; God is a community of three persons in harmonious relationship.

The Readings of today reveal God as love: “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6). The Gospel reiterates, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). The whole of salvation history and all the works of God manifest His great and abiding love: Creation is a sign of God’s love because only love is creative; despite the unfaithfulness of humanity, God offers His unconditional love.

Congratulations to all the children who have received the Eucharist for the first time. May this initiation into this Sacrament of the Eucharist, lead them to love and know Jesus more and more.

Jesus, you’re the one I love, you’re the one I know,
You’re the one who makes me strong, Spirit in my soul.
May the bread we break today, may the cup we share
Lift the burdens of our hearts lift them everywhere.
Passing on to each of us a measure of your love
Love to make us whole again as we share your Word