The trinity is love

May 30, 2021

“Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matt.28:19). This statement of Jesus, from today’s gospel is called ‘The Great Commission”. It is found in the last chapter of Matthews’s gospel. In it, Jesus commissions His disciples to go forth and preach the good news. They were to become His ambassadors and witnesses to His resurrection, the source and foundation of their message. But He also makes clear to them in whose name they have been sent, the   Trinity. Our faith as Christians is essentially Trinitarian. It is faith in the Father and creator, faith in the Son and redeemer, and faith in the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier and Advocate. It is not faith in three Gods but one God in three Persons. It is the same God acting in different ways from creation till the present time. In the first reading. Moses calls the attention of the chosen people to the marvels that God had done in their midst, relentless in His mercy and infinite in His love. Such graciousness, he reminds them, only calls for loyalty to His name and obedience to His commandments. The doctrine of the holy Trinity is one that has been the subject of controversies through the history of the church. Yet, it remains the dominant manner in which we express our faith in the one Holy God. Every time we make the sign of the cross, it is an acknowledgment of two things, namely: that Christ, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, was crucified for our salvation. It is also an acknowledgment that our faith and our salvation is in the name of the Trinity. As we celebrate the immensity and profundity of this mystery, there are at least two words that help to shed light on the significance of the celebration: Love and Unity. The Trinity is Love. It is the immeasurable love of God for His creation. It is also the bond of love    between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That love is expressed in the unity and harmony of the Trinitarian community. Yes, the Trinity is a community. It is a community of love and a community in love. It is a community of mutual love and support, where there is   neither envy nor jealousy. Our human communities and families should be modeled after the Trinity. To do so means to uplift each other rather than to demoralize, to heal rather than to hurt, to forgive rather than to forsake, and to compliment rather than to condemn. Our human weaknesses often make it impossible for us to live up to these gospel values and ideals. Indeed, relying on our human strength alone, it is impossible to increase in virtuous living, but by the grace of God all things are possible. As we continue each day in our fight against sin, let us pray: That the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, Amen.

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