Jesus reveals that God, whom no one has ever seen, is love. Those without love, then, do not know God nor, much less, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.
Without doubt, Jesus is God’s last word to us human beings. He is the mystery of God and in him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2, 2-3).
Sadly, however, we do not readily understand Jesus’ teaching even when we are all for welcoming him. Nor do we know, for now and for what is coming, the breadth, length, height and depth of his word.
And besides being foolish and slow to believe, we also easily forget. There are times, too, when we cannot seem to bear Jesus’ word and his way of life. And so, we cleverly go skirting both and even distorting them (J.L. McKenzie).
Clearly, then, we need the Spirit of truth to show us the way to all truth and to everlasting life. To open our eyes to the mystery among us, which is Christ in us (Col 1, 27). Yes, the mystery is in plain sight; the word is near us, in our mouths and in our hearts. We but need the Holy Spirit to bring about our justification and salvation. For the Spirit empowers us to confess that Jesus is Lord and to believe that God raised him up.
Grasping the mystery, or making it grasp us, entails love.
“No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, reveals him” (Jn 1, 18). And sent to the world so that we may have life through him, Jesus shows God’s love (Jn 3, 16; 1 Jn 4, 9). Again, “no one has ever seen God. Yet if we love one another, God remains in us…” (1 Jn 4, 13).
Loving one another, then, we human beings get to know God who is love. Our mutual love gives us an insight also into the mystery of love that the Most Holy Trinity is. And so, we can concretely pattern ourselves and our way of life after the Most Holy Trinity, the perfect community.
Lord Jesus, grant that we believers in you be of one heart and mind. Make us true to your teaching and your way of life, and to the breaking of the bread, the mystery of your inventive love (SV.EN XI:131). In that way, there will be no needy person among us and no one playing the master (SV.EN XI:313). Looking at others as more important than ourselves (Phil 2, 3), may we never think that God consecrated us to be served, but rather to serve.
16 June 2019
Most Holy Trinity (C)
Prov 8, 22-31; Rom 5, 1-5; Jn 16, 12-15
Tags: A Vincentian reading of the Sunday readings, Ross Dizon