Homily for Trinity Sunday, June 16th, 2019:
Trying to explain a mystery is mysterious itself. But that’s the task today for Trinity Sunday. We are going to try explain God Himself. I’m going to try do that by staying faithful to today’s Bible readings.
The first reading from Proverbs is important. It discusses Wisdom’s part in creation. It is God the Father who is the Creator. God commanded “Let there be light and light appeared”(Genesis 1:3). God Himself uses Wisdom as a “master-workman” in the creation of this incredible universe and in the establishment of the order that rules it. The author of this reading from Proverbs presents Wisdom as a person, living and operating alongside God. And Wisdom is a divine being, not a creature like we are. Wisdom existed before anything was created and concurred in what God created. Wisdom is intrinsic to God but Wisdom is also distinct from God and was generated by God. Here is the important point regarding the Trinity of God: When this was written, Jesus Christ had not yet been born. Proverbs was written Before Christ. Wisdom is not yet a distinctly defined person but it is so vividly personified that from this description to the distinction of more than one person in God is only one step away. That step was taken when divine Wisdom became incarnate in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This reading gives us a blueprint to envision more than one person in God.
In Romans, St. Paul writes about the hope of final salvation. He says it equals eternal glory in heaven. The initial salvation promised us results in the triumphant hope of final salvation hereafter. The first fruits of salvation here is “peace with God” (Romans 5:1). This is the work of Jesus Christ. We hope in the salvation He has accomplished for us. So this Son of God the Father is our Savior. He gives us hope for heaven, hope for us to experience God’s Beatific Vision. In verse five St. Paul describes one characteristic of our hope in heaven. It is its certainty. St. Paul says our hope of heaven is certain because God the Father loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us. Secondly, our hope in heaven is certain simply by comparing the effects of Adam’s sin and Jesus Christ’s redemption. God is faithful to His promises so therefore, our hope in heaven is certain. That comes from the action of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Finally, Jesus tells His Apostles and disciples and us about the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says it is necessary for Him to leave this earth and ascend to Heaven so that Pentecost will come, the Holy Spirit. Jesus says this Holy Spirit will be His great substitute to guide the Apostles into all religious truth. So the instruction of the Apostles will be completed through that other Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. But this Holy Spirit will be an internal illuminator for the Apostles and us, more so than a revealer. This Holy Spirit will illuminate Jesus’s Church and make her more fertile and more fruitful. Holy Mother Church will continue to grow through the illumination of Jesus’s truths in her. The Holy Spirit will speak what He hears from Jesus. Jesus glorified God His Father and the Holy Spirit will glorify Jesus. So this Holy Spirit comes from the Father and Son. It illuminates the truths that Jesus has explained to His Apostles and which are illuminated in the teachings of this Church. The Holy Spirit of God is a substantial love which bears fruit in this Church, grows this Church.
These are functions peculiar to the three Persons of this one triune God. God the Father creates and uses Wisdom to do so. This Wisdom is eventually personified in His Son, Jesus Christ. God the Son saves us. His saving act gives us a hope for heaven that is certain. And the Holy Spirit is a procession of love from God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son, which illuminates truth. When the Holy Spirit does this, it makes Jesus’s Church, this one, fruitful and fertile.
In trying to stay faithful to the readings today, I followed some of the Scripture commentaries closely. I hope this enlightens our perception of this triune God, a little bit. There is also a similarity with the fathers of our families. They function out of love for their wives and children and lead their families in holiness in order to enable their children to come closer to God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and be temples of God's Holy Spirit. For all fathers everywhere, reach out and pray to the triune God and He will surely bless you with every grace you need to be the head and cornerstone of your beloved families. God bless all fathers this Father's Day!
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