Sunday Homily, June 7, 2020
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle A; by Fr. Claude Perera
Moses begs God’s forgiveness for the sinful people on Mt. Sinai.
Glory and praise to God forever
Paul exhorts the Corinthians to live in peace so that the Triune God may dwell with them.
God sent his Only Begotten Son into the world to save it.
After Pentecost Sunday, we began the liturgical season of the Ordinary Time of the Year. This Sunday and next, however, are special solemnities, namely, the feasts of the Holy Trinity and that of the Corpus Christi where the Church invites the faithful to contemplate two central mysteries of our faith. Today, on this Trinity Sunday, we celebrate and glorify the Most Holy Holy Trinity, one God in three persons.
Biblical revelation begins and end with the Holy Trinity. At the very dawn of creation, Genesis chapter 1:1 begins saying that in the beginning God (i.e. the Father) created heaven and earth. In Gn 1:2 we are told that Holy Spirit in His protective love was hovering over the surface of the earth against the power of evil symbolized by the formless, empty earth and darkness spread upon the face of the deep waters. Gn 1:3 says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light.’” Saying or speaking is done by the power of the Word. The Word of God, the Logos was the agent of creation. Similarly, the book of Revelation ends speaking of the Holy Trinity in Rev 22:17, of the the Father in 22:18 and of Jesus Christ in 22:20-21.
Father is the Creator who in His love and mercy sustains the creation. Today’s first reading spoke of God’s forgiving love of His people, despite their willful disobedience and ungratefulness which led them to make the molten calf at Mount Sinai. Today’s gospel reminded us that “God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him.” Creation came into being through the instrumentality of God’s Son, the Eternal Word. When the creation sinned, He had to redeem it. Like the Father He did not condemn the sinful world, but in mercy He redeemed it. As Pope Francis I says in his Papal Bull of Indiction Misericordia Vultus Dei (2015), Jesus is the most concretely merciful face of God. Jesus redeemed not by distancing himself from sinners, but by embracing them and calling then to repentance. Do you remember what He told the woman caught in adultery? Jesus asked, “Woman where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one Sir.” Jesus did not rebuke her, but moved with compassion said, “Go and sin no more.” The Holy Spirit of Jesus active in the Church and in the world has many functions. He leads us to the fulness of truth. He teaches, vivifies, or animates and sanctifies us. He gives us His seven-fold gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Furthermore, He grants us the fruit of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23) After this sojourn on earth, the Most Blessed Trinity invites us to eternal communion with them in heaven.
How do we prepare ourselves for that? It is by living a God-fearing and righteous life on earth. Just as God has loved us, we must love one another. In today’s second reading, we heard St. Paul writing the Second Letter to the Corinthians say, “Rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” That is the way to go to heaven. That is the way to make our lives and those of our fellow humans on earth happy ones so that we live happily on earth and carry that happiness to eternal life. There we shall sing the joyful praises of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for all eternity together with the Saints and Angels.
Happy Sunday! Bon Dimanche ! Buona Domenica! Schnen Sonntag! Gelukkige Zondag! Szczęśliwej Niedzieli! Sretna Nedjelja!