The Most Holy Trinity - 27th May, 2018

Liturgical Reflection

 
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20

 

From Advent, through Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, our liturgy is richly dramatic, pondering the mystery of the Incarnation in the life story of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit to the infant Church. Now, as we pass to what goes by the name of Ordinary Time, our attention is directed to the most extraordinary Source of it all: the mystery of the life of God, the undivided loving communion of Father, Son and Spirit, the names Jesus gave us to use.

Poets, scholars and saints have sought to express the awe and wonder inspired by this revelation of Godself. You may recall that when Moses asked to see God’s face he was told that he could not cope with this vision and was given only a glimpse of God passing by.  But in God’s good time, God in Jesus turned his face to us, a living, human face, inviting us to see and believe the kind of God we worship. Where Jesus is, there is God; and God is not divided!

It is not surprising if human imagination, in response to this invitation, has focussed on the life of Jesus; we are no more able than Moses to cope with the fullness of God’s glory. For this we wait in hope, trusting the promise of a God who is ever faithful. However, today’s feast brings to mind Athanasius of Alexandria who in the fourth century recognised creation and the Incarnation as the Trinity in action, each divine person being immediately present to each created being. In other words, God is not just with us but within us, constantly giving and sustaining life as its only source. Like all God’s creatures we are invited, to participate in the very life of the Triune God. If it were not so, we would have no hold on our existence. To describe this living relationship Denis Edwards uses the phrase ‘continuous creation”. Having made us in his image, God stays with us to bring our humanity to its promised fulfilment. 

 

In response we may utter
the cry of grateful wonder
which has resounded in the Church
for hundreds of years: 

 

O BEATA TRINITAS!     O BEATA TRINITAS!   O BEATA TRINITAS!

Mary Britt OP