Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit

Joke: Trinitarian pastor: One parishioner said, “The Trinitarian God is a lot like our pastor. I don’t see him through the week and I don’t understand him on Sunday.”

Today, the Church celebrates the Most Holy Trinity, One God, Three Persons, same essence, very distinct from one another, and yet only One God. It is a mystery, and it’s very difficult to understand. How do we understand the three Persons of the Trinity? Who are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? Who do we often pray to and why?

Perhaps, to understand the three Persons in the Most Holy Trinity, we might want to begin with what seems to be normal to our Catholic teaching that is the sign of the cross. Each one of us might make the sign of the cross at least five times a day. We eat three meals a day, and we begin with the sign of the cross before each meal. So, it’s three times. When we wake up in the morning, we do the sign of the cross to thank the Lord for good sleep; and when we go to bed at the end of the day, we do the sign of the cross again to thank the Lord for a good day and ask him to watch over us for the night. The total of doing the sign of the cross at least five times a day. However, what does that mean when we cross on ourselves the sign of the cross in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and we conclude with “Amen” means “I believe”?

When we do the sign of the cross, we glorify the three Persons in the Blessed Trinity One God. We begin with “In the name of the Father” reminds us that God the Father the Creator of the universe and what contained in it, including our human being who was created in the image and likeness of God.

In the Old Testaments’ writing, we have learned that people disobeyed God time and time and worshipped the alien gods beside him. From the book of Exodus, for instant, after waiting too long for Moses to come down from the mountain, Aaron said to the Israelites to bring him the gold earrings that their wives, sons, and daughters were wearing. Out of this, he made a golden calf, together with the people, they began to worship it. They also worshipped Ba’al and many other gods. To save this wretched people, this fallen humanity, God the Father then sent his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born of a Virgin Mary to come to us to save our fallen humanity.

This second Person in the Blessed Trinity, the moment he vested on himself our human flesh, the moment he accepted all our human weaknesses and limitations. He couldn’t be born in Israel and in America at the same time. He couldn’t be present at Galilee and at the same time present in Italy. In his full human nature the moment that he was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he still maintained his full Divine nature since he was God and was with the Father right from the beginning of creation. This Divine nature was demonstrated in his ministry of healing and curing the sick and the disease. His miracles were numbers. His power forgave sins, and his great mercy to welcome back the lost and the sinners. He even raised the death back to life again through his Divine nature.

His great love for humanity didn’t stop at his resurrection and ascension into heaven, but he sent the Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Blessed Trinity, to come to be with his people and with the Church. The Holy Spirit will guide us to make the right decision, will defend us in battles with enemies and protect us from harm, and will strengthen us in our weakness and frailty.

In these Persons of the Blessed Trinity, whom have you seen yourselves more drawn closer to? If God the Father is whom you are more drawn closer to, why? The same with God the Son or God the Holy Spirit, why are you drawn closer to God the Son or God the Holy Spirit? If you haven’t drawn any closer to either Person in the Blessed Trinity, why? What does it mean to you when you do the sign of the cross?

 

Weekend Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Nguyen


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