The Most Holy Trinity
On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are reminded that Christianity is fundamentally not just about following a set of rules or abstract philosophy, even though we do include these things. But at the core of our faith is a grounded lived experience. It is about relationship with God and with others. God sent Jesus into the world. The God whom we worship is someone we have access to.
Through Jesus Christ and his body, the Church in the world, we have a means of experiencing God in this reality. It is a relationship that is alive and active. And we grow through it. There is joy, pain, happiness, sorrow, sin and virtue, ups and downs. Life is more interesting and meaningful when you have this relationship with God. When you are touched by God, you share and express in your very being and existence who God is because you are shaped by the relationship.
The manifestation of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us at Pentecost reveals to us our destiny as humans in the universe. “Ah that is who I am, that is how I relate with my creator.” Father + Son + and Holy Spirit + I embody this relationship. I live it, I am called to relationship, I am called to love. This desire beckons me, the life of love, the life of the Trinity. I am called to be like God. I can participate in the life of God. I am not just wandering this world existing aimlessly, rather, I can experience what it means to be truly alive. Like no other creature, we have a deeper spiritual human dignity. We are called to Trinitarian life - full immersion in the life of God.
We are pilgrims on the way, Christ did not come to condemn us, but to give us life, life to the full. But sometimes we condemn ourselves, when we refuse to be in this relationship with God, when we refuse to follow the calling of God, when we refuse to live this calling in the reality of life. We can get so caught up in what we are doing that we forget the reason why we are doing it in the first place. The Holy Spirit gives us the grace to know Jesus and the Father who sent him. May we strive to experience and embody God’s love, the love of the Holy Trinity. In the Name of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit +.
Fr William Loh, O.P. , Friar of the Dominican Province of the Assumption and chaplain to Monash University.