Gospel Reflection for Sunday the 30th of May 2021
Holy Trinity Sunday
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It is true to say that everything about Jesus Christ is ‘mystery’ because everything Jesus said and did was an act of divine revelation revealing many truths that by reason alone we could not know. Jesus could do this because He was not only human but also divine. He possessed the divine mind which alone could tell us things about divine truths. The most fundamental truth he taught us was that God is a Trinity of love. When we call the Holy Trinity a mystery we are saying that there was no way for us humans to know about the inner life of God as a Trinity of loving persons unless such truth was made known to us.
How can we make sense of the truth of the Trinity? Of course, it is something we accept on faith, but we can still think it out though in a limited way. The Trinity of love is three because God is love. Jesus revealed this to us about God’s very nature. As a result, St. Augustine famously preached that If God is love then God must involve three things. The first is that there must be a source from which love flows and this we know to be the Father. The second thing is that love is always of something or someone. In the case of the inner life of God, the Father the source of love, loves the Son for all eternity. Hence the Son is the object of the Father’s love and so he is the beloved (the being loved of the Father). The third thing is the love itself which we know to be the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the love and bond of unity between the Father and Son. With this said, we have the source, the loved one and love itself. This leaves us with a Trinity of love. It is in this Triune love, the inner life of God, that Jesus has called us all into through baptism. Baptism communicates God’s life to our souls. Hence the commission by Jesus to baptize all nations in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.