Jesus reveals God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Looking out for others’ interests, we also reveal the Most Holy Trinity.
No one has ever seen God. But his Son reveals him. Jesus does not use the word Trinity, of course, nor does any New Testament writer.
No, Jesus does not use Trinity. But he shows repeatedly that God is our Father who cares for us. He is kind, merciful, faithful and fair. The Father looks out for our interests. He saves us with strong hand and outstretched arm. And so, we can trust him wholly and cast our worries upon him.
And we learn from Jesus also that he is not just any other human being, though he is like us. In fact, he tells us:
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
Undoubtedly, Jesus is the Son of God. And that is how he reveals himself, even after breathing his last on the cross, to the centurion. Jesus is truly divine. Those who see him, see the Father. He is the exact image of the invisible God. And though he is now beyond the reach of our bodily senses, he is still in our midst.
The Crucified and Risen is with us through the Holy Spirit. In Spirit and truth, then, the true believer says to him, “My Lord and my God!” This Spirit is the other Advocate that the Father sends at Jesus’ request. The one who enables us to bear hard Gospel teachings. Through him, too, we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
Without explicitly speaking of the Most Holy Trinity, Jesus discloses this mystery to us.
More important than our human words, inadequate and poor, is the reality we seek to describe. The doctrine, then, of the Trinity will be valuable to us if we let Jesus share with us his Trinitarian experience. And we show that we have a similar experience when we are merciful just as our Father is merciful.
Others will also see Jesus in us if we show understanding for them. And helping the needy in every way and having others help them likewise, we surely reflect Jesus (SV.EN XII:77).
Moreover, it becomes evident that the Spirit is our life-breath when we comfort the disheartened. When we are patient with those who seems to us to be slow of heart to believe.
Most Holy Trinity, do not let us look out only for our own interests. May we be willing to give our bodies up and shed our blood for others. In that way we will live up to our baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
27 May 2018
Most Holy Trinity (B)
Dt 4, 32-34. 39-40; Rom 8, 14-17; Mt 28, 16-20
Tags: A Vincentian reading of the Sunday readings, Ross Dizon