CATHOLIC HOMILY OF SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY – YEAR B




CATHOLIC HOMILY OF SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY – YEAR B

HOMILY THEME: HOLY TRINITY – DISTINCTION WITHOUT PLURALITY

BY: Fr. Jude Nnadi

Deuteronomy 4:32 – 34, 39-40; Romans 8: 14 – 17; Matthew 28: 16 – 20

With the ending of the Easter season at the Feast of Pentecost, our liturgy provides for these three solemnities of the Lord: today, the Holy Trinity; next Thursday, Corpus Christi, which in our country and in many countries of the world will be celebrated next Sunday; and finally, on the following Friday, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Each of these liturgical celebrations highlights a perspective of the mystery of our Christian faith; that is to say, the reality of the one and triune God, the sacrament of the Eucharist, and the divine-human center of the Person of Christ. These are aspects of the one mystery of salvation, which in a certain sense summarize the entire journey of the revelation of Christ from His incarnation, death and resurrection to the ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Today we contemplate the Holy Trinity as Jesus made it known to us. He revealed to us that God is love “not in the unity of a single person, but in the trinity of a single substance”. God is the Creator and merciful Father; God is the only begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, dead and risen for us; and, finally, God is the Holy Spirit, who moves everything towards their fullness. Three Persons, one God, because the Father is love, the Son is love and the Holy Spirit is love. God is all love, pure, infinite, and eternal. He does not live in solitude, but in an inexhaustible source of life that is surrendered and communicated. In a pure and eternal relationship of love. This is to say that in God there is no division, confusion, separation, or difference; but rather, “distinction without plurality” as Saint Ambrose rightly puts it. The substance of the Trinity is, so to say, a common Essence in that which is distinct; the Father is distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit, but this distinction does not account for any division or separation, confusion, or difference, but one in the Godhead. The Word, everlasting and co-existent with the Father is not of another essence or substance, but that proper to the Father’s. For Saint Augusting: “…the Father is not the Son, nor the Holy Spirit either the Father or the Son, but a trinity of persons mutually interrelated, and a unity of an equal substance”.
Pope Benedict XVI explains this truth in a way, by observing both the macro-universe – our earth, the planets, the stars, the galaxies – and the micro-universe – the cells, the atoms, the elementary particles. In everything that exists he taught, “is engraved in a certain sense, the “name” of the Holy Trinity, because all being, down to its last particle, is being in relationship, and thus the God-relationship is revealed, ultimately in everything.” Everything comes from love, tends to love, and moves driven by love, naturally with varying degrees of consciousness and freedom.
“Lord our God, how wonderful is your name in all the earth!” (Ps 8: 2), exclaims the psalmist. Speaking of the “name”, the Scripture indicates God himself, his truest identity, an identity that shines in all creation, where each being, by the very fact of existing and by the “fabric” of which it is made, refers to a transcendent Principle, to the eternal and infinite Life that is given; in a word, to Love. “In him,” said Saint Paul, “we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The strongest proof that we have been created in the image of the Trinity is this: only love makes us happy, because we live in relationship, and we live to love and be loved.
The Virgin Mary, with her docile humility and obedience to the word of God, became a slave of divine Love: she accepted the will of the Father and conceived the Son through the work of the Holy Spirit. In Her the Almighty built a temple worthy of Him and made Her model and image of the Church, mystery, and house of communion for all people. May Mary, mirror of the Holy Trinity, help us to continuously grow in faith in the Trinitarian mystery.

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