SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY, YEAR C by Fr Isaac A Mensah

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SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY, YEAR C by Fr Isaac A Mensah

 

Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 8

Romans 5:1-5

John 16:12-15

 

Theme: What the Trinity means to us

 

Introduction

 

Today we celebrate one of the doctrinal feasts of our faith: the Most Holy Trinity. The doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity teaches that there are three persons in one God. This does not subscribe to pantheism nor polytheism. It rather speaks of monotheism and the expression of the three persons in one God. Indeed it is a mystery which can best be lived than understood. Our selected readings try to throw light on living practically the message of the Holy Trinity.

 

Explanation of the text

 

In our first reading, Wisdom is personified and verses 22-31, is a striking passage that describes the indispensable role of Wisdom in creation, and the infusing of Wisdom throughout the created order. Wisdom, she proclaims, was created at the beginning of Yahweh’s work, “the first of his acts long ago” (verse 22).

 

The language of verses 23-29 echoes that of the creation narrative of Genesis 1. Wisdom is “set up before the beginning of the earth,” “brought forth” from the depths, before God created the springs, the mountains, and the fields. This also brings us to John 1:1ff, where we read about “the Logos”, the Word. Remember “Wisdom” and “Word” are related ideas: both have to do in some respect with “reason”.

 

In John’s gospel one of the greatest key is that Jesus is God’s revelation par excellence. He is the one who has made Known the fullest of God’s revelation. However in John 16, the claim made by verses 12-13 is that in the post-Easter period, after Jesus’ return to God, the Spirit facilitates a fuller understanding of Jesus’ revelation without any change to its content. Just as Jesus did, the Spirit reveals God.

 

God created us for dynamic relationships. God has also declared the goodness of community and this is reflected in the dynamic relationship seen in the Trinity. The Holy Trinity therefore serves as a model for our relationship with one another. Our accidental diversities shouldn’t be a hindrance to working together for a common goal. There is unity in diversity and diversity in unity.

 

Our society has become notably more polarized in recent years. We are sharply divided alongside race, colour, tribe, gender, philosophies, ideologies, religions and what have you. But the truth is that we are all connected to one another and Covid-19 pandemic has made this point forcefully. We can all contribute to make this world a better place because when we perish we perish together.

 

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