for Sunday, May 31, 2015
This mystery of the Holy Trinity is at the heart of our Christian faith. This mystery separates us from our Jewish ancestors and from the Muslim people, who also believe in one God. No one can penetrate this mystery. Instead, we come to this mystery humbly because it is given to us by Jesus Christ Himself.
The first reading today, from the Book of Deuteronomy, is a delightful picture of Moses speaking about the mystery of God in his own time. Our God is the God of Moses and is the God who continually breaks into our human history to call us to Himself, to be present on our behalf, to work marvels for our good. No other people have a God such as ours. This is as true today as it was in the time of Moses.
And today also people reject this God and refuse to believe in this God because this God seems so unbelievable at times. In the time of Moses, our God worked wonders for His people and also gave to the people a form of life that separated them from other peoples. Our God is rejected today mostly because people do not want to live the form of life that He has given us.
The second reading, from the Letter to the Romans, is one of those few instances in the New Testament where we meet with Father, Son and Spirit all together in one passage. It is the Spirit who gives us power to call God our Father, the Spirit who confirms our relationship with Christ and the Spirit who gives us the strength to suffer with Christ in order to be glorified with Him.
The Gospel is the very end of the Gospel of Matthew. It is important to note clearly that even among the eleven who remained faithful to Jesus, there were doubts. We should never be surprised by our own doubts or the doubts of others. We can ask the Spirit to help us in our doubts and help us then to live these words of Jesus: proclaiming the Good News of Salvation and inviting others to baptism because Jesus is with us always until the end of time.
In all of this, we meet the mystery of the Trinity. The Father is the One whom Jesus calls Abba. The Spirit is the One whom Jesus sends to give us strength to live His message. And Jesus Himself is the One who has come to us in the flesh to redeem us. But they are not three Gods, but only One God; they are of one nature and indivisible. That is the mystery at the heart of our faith. Jesus is God, the Father is God and the Holy Spirit is God. They are the One God.
An incredible mystery that we can only live and continue to seek to understand in some small ways. May the Spirit open our hearts and our minds so that we accept this mystery in faith. Amen. Alleluia.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4.32-34, 39-40
Second Reading: Romans 8.14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28.16-20
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