We are a people in mourning, grieving the enormous losses from the pandemic, and lamenting the bitter divisions of our deeply broken society. Perhaps it is not ironic that the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity falls in the midst of the current turmoil. The words from today’s Scripture seem particularly relevant, especially those from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:
“Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace.”
Images of disorder in cities across the globe in recent days may indicate that living in peace is a long way off. Still this Solemnity offers us an alternative vision, one that embraces differences and longs for unity. When we speak of the Trinity, we acknowledge the reality of three distinct persons so intimately woven by love that they form one body. From the moment we were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we too have been partners in this divine community. We too have been called to embrace one another in love, despite our differences.
The opening greeting from our liturgy reminds us of this call:
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
This greeting comes from today’s second reading as St. Paul reminds the community in Corinth that they are to live a new existence, one that reflects “the grace of Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.” In the same way, this greeting is used at the beginning of Mass to remind us that the presence of God is within each of us, no matter the color of our skin, the language we speak, or any other difference that exists between us. It reminds us that we gather in the name of the triune God who calls us to live in the fellowship and love of the Holy Trinity.
What would happen if we took this call to heart, simply
acknowledging the presence of God in each individual regardless of our differences?
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, may we know more deeply that God lives and loves in a community of persons, and with us—selflessly loving, giving, and teaching us to do the same.
O Lord, show us how to live with and for one another. Amen.