Homily For 9th (Holy Trinity) Sunday Of Ordinary Time, Year B

Living In The Unity Of The Most Holy Trinity

Readings: 1st: Deut 4, 32-34. 39-40; Ps 32; 2nd: Rom 8, 14-17; Gos Mt 28: 16-20

  This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working at the Sanctuario del Espiritu Santo, en Dorado, Puerto Rico, del Internacional Grupo Espiritano De Puerto Rico – Republica Dominicana. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Today we celebrate one of the greatest mystery and dogma of our Christian faith, the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Today’s celebration and its position in the church’s calendar are designed to teach us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are working together. They are never separated even though each one of them is a divine person. No volume of philosophical debates or any amount of scientific research can fully explain it. It is a mystery because it can only be appreciated and comprehended with the eyes of faith. It is a dogma because: “it is an article of faith revealed by God, which the Magisterium of the Church presents as necessary to be believed…” So, Paul’s prayer becomes important today: “May the Lord enlightens the eyes of your minds…” (Eph 1, 18).

In our first reading, Moses reminds us, of the wonderful and mysterious nature of the works of God. In order words, that it takes a loving and mysterious God to accomplish such wonderful and mysterious tasks of salvation. Hence, he encourages us to strengthen our faith in God by obeying his commandments. In the second reading, though without offering any systematic teaching on the Holy Trinity, Paul presents the three divine persons in their concrete forms and actions. Hence he says: “Led by the Spirit, we are sons of God…And we are heirs with Christ.” It is the same spirit that helps us to call God Abba Father. And in the gospel, Christ himself revealed the mystery of the three divine persons to his apostles. He mandated them to go about their mission in all nations: “Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.” So, any sincere prayer we offer in the name of the Holy Trinity bears a mark of excellence and victory.

Today, the church reminds us that despite the stages of events that we have experienced in the last couple of weeks (Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost), that the three divine persons are not divided in their actions of grace. Instead, they are working and walking together for our salvation and success. They agreed to create and sustain the world. They agreed to make in their own image (Gen 1, 27). They also worked together to save humanity. Hence, God the Father sent the Son to redeem the world (Jn 1, 1-3). God the Son sent us God the Holy Spirit as our Consoler and Advocate (Act 1, 8. 2). In all of these none of the three divine persons was, or acted alone at any moment. Also, none of them had absolute dominance of a particular period because they are eternally one, united and undivided.

Brethrens, what we celebrate today is unity. We have many lessons to learn from the Most Holy Trinity as a family and, people of God. One thing that gives me joy is the way most couples celebrating their wedding anniversary often disclose with a great sense of pride and joy: “Father, we have been married for twenty, thirty, forty or more years.” I share in the joy of these couples because they replicate the Trinitarian unity. They also prove to us that in spite of our differences we can work and walk together as a family and community. Hence, we must learn from the Trinitarian God that we can co-exist as a family in spite of our individual personalities and differences. Today’s celebration has much to teach us about unity in our relationships, friendships, marriages, families, communities. It teaches us that in spite of our different talents, gifts, social, economic, religious and political back grounds we can live and work together. It teaches us that if we remain united, our different personalities would become our strength, rather than our weakness or the cause of our disintegration. For their love and unity, let us praise the Most Holy Trinity: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Peace be with you!!

Maranatha!!!

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