Blessed Trinity Sunday
Deuteronomy 4:32-34 39-40
By Fr. Euly Belizar
MY friend Ed got harassed by a neighbor, a non-Catholic, on the Trinity. He said: “How could you Catholics say there are three Persons in one God, that the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God? One plus one plus one is three! Nonsense!” Ed saw an opening and seized it. “You can’t use addition on God. That’s out of fashion. We Catholics use multiplication. One times one times one equals one!” His neighbor was stunned to silence.
Do you recall listening to a homily on the Blessed Trinity and you felt, like Ed’s neighbor, that the priest was talking nonsense? Did you ask: “How could my Sunday be wasted like this?” Well, it was not wasted and the Blessed Trinity is no nonsense.
Our Scripture readings today present to us the Blessed Trinity not so much as doctrine or idea about God as much as an experience of God. Deuteronomy tells us that God reveals himself as Creator (whom we know in the NT as Father); as Redeemer of Israel from its terrors (whom we see in the NT as the Son–Jesus) and; as Enabler or Inspirer (whom we confess in the NT as the Holy Spirit) leading Israel to respond to his self-revelation by obeying the Commandments.
Paul the apostle in the second reading brings us more deeply into the mystery of the Blessed Trinity by way of our experience as children of God. We experience being God’s children because the gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to
call God ‘Abba/ Father’! On the other hand, the gift of the Spirit is the fruit of the Son’s suffering, death & resurrection. The whole Trinity, in other words, is at work in our becoming children of God.
Which is why Jesus in Matthew’s gospel instructs us to baptize IN THE NAME (which means whole SELF or GOD’s VERY LIFE) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We were not baptized to simply belong to the Catholic Church but to experience and share in God’s very LIFE in whom it is limitless, boundless and full as God’s HAPPINESS. Shouldn’t you be brimming with joy when you make the sign of the Cross?
But let’s not miss what this should mean to us as Christians. If God is One in Three Persons, then God is a Divine Community, a Divine Family. And if we were created in the image of this same God, we cannot be ourselves unless we become a community, a family.