Sunday, May 31, 2015, is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The readings will be Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17 and Matthew 28:16-20. Sunday’s Scripture readings shed light on ‘who God is’ and ‘who we are.’
In our Old Testament reading from Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the people of Israel that their experience of God is unique. Unlike people around them at the time who believed in many gods, they have been introduced to the one, true God. God has spoken to them through Moses and has rescued them from slavery in Egypt. Moses says “Did anything so great ever happen before… did a people ever hear the voice of God… as you did, and live? ...or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself… .” Moses points to the personal, caring relationship they’ve been invited to share with God, and encourages them to be faithful to that relationship by keeping God’s commandment.
By the time Paul writes his letters 2000+ years later, God has interacted with people not only through the prophets, but directly, in the person of Jesus Christ. And, after the Ascension, God remains in and among human beings in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has told us, explicitly, how God feels about human beings; we are to consider ourselves children of God, invited to call God by the intimate and familiar title, Abba (Father/Daddy.) It is the Holy Spirit in and among us who enables us to call God “Abba.” More so, Jesus instructed us to go and invite others into this relationship of love by baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Our belief in the Holy Trinity is the result of truth that has been revealed to us by God. It is primarily through Jesus himself that we know of God as “father” and Jesus as “son.” It is Jesus who promised to send his own Spirit to be our advocate and counselor. Our understanding of the Holy Trinity has developed over time through the inspiration of God and the experience of God’s faithful people as they have come to know Jesus and have experienced the presence of his Spirit at work in their individual lives and within the community of the faithful. The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity invites us to reflect on where and how we experience the Father, Son and Spirit, and to recognize our own loving actions as participation in the triune life of God that we have been invited to share.
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