We are drawn into the love at the heart of the Trinity through Baptism

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

by Fr. Tommy Lane

There are many events occurring in our world that disturb us. We can think of Pakistan having tested a second missile today after testing their first yesterday (2002). We can think of the unrest in the Middle East. We could think of the many problems in western society, the growing disrespect for the sacred, the growing secularization of the world. Now try to imagine the opposite to all of that. Try to imagine the biggest amount of love that you can. Try to imagine the most beautiful relationship that you can. That love and beautiful relationship exists and is a reality. It is the love and relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Each of us is called to reflect that love and relationship in the world. Gen 1 tells us we were created in the image of God, in other words, to reflect that love and relationship to the world. Since our baptism we share in the love and relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a very special way. We were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We were adopted by God as his sons and daughters on the day we were baptized. So we are caught up in the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Since our baptism we have a new family. Since baptism we have a new Father, our Father in heaven. We each have a new brother since baptism, Jesus is a brother to each of us. How many brothers and sisters are in your family? You need to revise that number because since baptism Jesus is your brother so you have one extra brother.

God has a most wonderful plan for each of us, that we reflect the love within the Trinity to the world, that we be the image of God in the world. To draw us into that beautiful relationship of love in the Trinity the Father gave his Son Jesus for us. As we heard in our Gospel,

“God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son...” (John 3:16)

In our first reading God described himself as “a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness.” (Ex 34:7) God does not want anyone of us to be lost. God created us to have life and have it to the full. That is why in the Gospel today Jesus says he was sent, “so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost.” (John 3:16)

Sometimes people ask if God is really good why does God send people to hell and to purgatory. I answer that question like this. God is good and God does not send anyone to hell or to purgatory. It is we who send ourselves to hell or to purgatory through our own actions. As we heard in our Gospel,

“No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe” (John 3:18)

We could think of it like this. When you drive by night and meet an oncoming car that does not dim the lights you are temporarily blinded for a second or two after the car has passed. When we die, if we are not fit for heaven because of the way we have lived, the light of heaven would be too much for us, it would blind us, we could not take it. So to prepare for the light of heaven we have an opportunity after death to love and forgive in the place that we call purgatory. Then we are ready for the light we can go to heaven. God wants only what is good for us. As the Gospel today says,

“God send his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.” (John 3:17)

As we reflect today on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, that no one explain adequately, I would like you to think of God’s plan for you. You were created in the image of God and since baptism you share in the love and life at the heart of the Trinity. How privileged we are! On TV we often see the honor and glory given to the royal families. Yet their dignity as royals is nothing compared to the dignity of each of us called to share in the life and love of the Trinity. When we reflect on the fact that we so often forget who we really are in the eyes of God perhaps we should be ashamed of ourselves. It really is a scandal that we forget and do not acknowledge often enough who each of us really is.

Try to imagine the biggest amount of love that you can. Try to imagine the most beautiful relationship that you can. That is the love and beautiful relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Since baptism you are drawn into that love and beautiful relationship at the heart of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today we reflect on imaging the love and relationship at the heart of the Trinity.

Copyright © Fr. Tommy Lane 2013

This homily was delivered when I was engaged in parish ministry in Ireland before joining the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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