Sharing in the Life of the Trinity
Meditation for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
(Prob 8:22-31; Rm 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15)
Let us meditate on the mystery of the Three Persons in one God. The doctrine of the Trinity holds that God is one; and the one God is Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. That means the Father is God, Jesus Christ is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The three persons are ‘co-substantial’, ‘co-equal’ and in perfect unity. The mystery of the Trinity in one God is the most sublime of all mysteries. As we meditate on the Trinity, our understanding of this mystery comes from our exaltation and contemplation. While reasoning principles cannot fully grasp this mystery, still reason is not violated by trying to understand it. In other words, it is not unreasonable to believe in Trinity. On the other hand, it uplifts and nourishes the mind.
What do we see in most religions that do not recognize God as Trinity? God for them is ‘completely other’, with no inter personal relationship with his faithful. Fear is usually part of their spirituality since there cannot be any ‘shared life’ between the followers and their God. This is so because, since their God is one and ‘solitary’, it cannot communicate itself in love, but reach out to his believers by proxy, such as prophets, messengers and interpreters, or by appearing and disappearing. Those who deny the Trinity often adhere to their doctrines and promote them with the same zeal as their cultural beliefs. This is because such a ‘solitary’ God will depend on his adherents to be loved and worship, and they must hold on to their practices in order to keep their God relevant. At the end, as culture demands compliance, so does such religion propagate their faith. Here, man becomes a slave to the God he worships, or he breaks free and detects to the God who needs his worship to be fulfilled.
Oh! Let us exult and rejoice that God is One and Trinity! That means He is perfect love, perfect unity, and in Him is fullness of live. God is life itself. In the one God is perfect communication; he is the source of interpersonal relationship. Because God is One and Trinity, He can communicate Himself and still remain in His perfect self without losing Himself. As we meditate on the Trinity, we stand in awe at the God who is complete and perfect in Himself, to whom nothing can be added or subtracted. He does not need us to be relevant, nor does our worship add to His greatness but they profit us for our salvation. Because God is Trinity, He can create man in His own image and likeness, redeem him and sanctify him.
Since God is Trinity of Persons, we can have personal relationship with Him, calling Him ‘Abba! Father’ (Gal 4:6), and walking hand in hand with Jesus as our Brother (Heb 2:11), and enjoy communion with the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and sanctifies us from within as God’s temple (1 Cor 3:16). God, in His Trinity of Persons, shares out His life with us, and still remains perfectly complete. And we have the duty to reveal this hidden life of God through our words and actions (cf. 2Cor 4:11). That is why we must be people who build healthy relationships, and love all peoples as God has loved us in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Because we carry in ourselves the life of the Trinity, we derive fulfilment and maturity mostly by loving others and sharing life with them. That is why selfishness hurts and dehumanizes us. Our sharing in the life of the Trinity makes it possible for us to go through tribulations and still maintain our inner joy and peace.
May almighty God bless you, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Sunday 12th June, 2022.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity