Saturday, June 14, 2014

06-15-2014 -- The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A

June 15, 2014 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

We all have a deep-seated need for companionship.
I suspect it’s one of our greatest human needs.

To be a whole person we need to be in union with someone or something greater than ourselves. We need to be in relationship.

Without companionship our spirits would probably die from loneliness.

Think for a moment about the most satisfying times of your life.

I’m pretty sure that they are moments like these:

When you sat on your mother’s or grandmother’s lap.

When you felt like someone loved you unconditionally.

When you were held or hugged or embraced by someone special.

When you felt affirmed, when someone made you feel special.

When you sat in the silent presence of someone who you love.

We are in desperate need of companionship, of the loving touch of another. Our hearts are made for one another and for God.

That’s why rejection is such a deep hurt, because we need to be connected, to be accepted, to be loved, to be in relationship.

Our best moments are when this union occurs. Our worst moments are when this union is absent.

Why? Why is this so? The answer is simply and profoundly found in today’s feast of the Holy Trinity.

But the Trinity is such a mystery; so, we look to Jesus to help us understand it.

When Jesus explains God, he uses the language of love.
There is a bond of love that binds God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

They are bound together with tenderness and compassion and perfect love.

Jesus explains that God is not motivated by condemnation. God has no desire to punish the wicked. God is motivated out of love.

God gave his only Son to us because he loves the world he created. God did not send his Son in to the world to condemn the word, but to give life, to save us.

And we are made in the image and likeness of God, which means we share this bond of love, this holy communion.

The companionship of Father and Son and Spirit is a wonderful and awesome thing that is part of us.

How many times do we see God in holy communion with his people?

God walks with Adam and Eve in the garden.

God visits Abraham at his tent and announces that his wife Sarah, who is barren, will give birth.

God journeys with the Israelites through the desert for 40 years in a cloud of fire.

In the first reading today, God visits Moses on Mt Sinai and Moses invites the Almighty to walk with him at the start of the long pilgrimage to the promised land.

Why would God want the companionship of imperfect human beings? I don’t know.

But what I do know is that our God chooses to be in relationship with us. Maybe it’s because God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.

Our feast of the Holy Trinity celebrates this communion of relationships.

God is love. And God so loved the world that he have his only Son that the world might be saved.

Because we were created in the image and likeness of God, we are most like God when we are in love, when we give and receive love.

Every striving of our souls is for love. Every outreach for companionship, every urge for a hug or an embrace, every act of self-giving is a testimony to the Holy Trinity at work in our world.

All around us we experience the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit begging us to love and to be loved.

We all have a deep-seated need for companionship.

It is a need that comes from the fact that we are called to become more like the Holy Trinity.

Remember those times when you felt most loved? When you were most content, most affirmed, most loved?

It is at those very times that we have our deepest and most profound experience of God in our lives…

a Holy Trinity of Father and Son and Spirit who love us with an all-powerful, steadfast love that never ends, that never fails, a love that endures forever.

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