Feast of the Holy Trinity
First Reading: Isaiah 59:15-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 29
Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5
Gospel Reading: John 16:5-15
Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva
Today we celebrate of the doctrine of the Catholic Faith, The Feast of the Holy Trinity. It always happens after Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit who is the third person in the Trinity. It’s in the doctrine that there are three divine persons in One God. There are three but One. Like human beings with spirit and soul in one body. Different functions but working harmoniously in unity and in love. The God the Father for the Creation, The Son for the Redemption, and The Holy Spirit for the sanctification. It’s a mystery and yes, maybe its way is incomprehensible yet could be experienced and lived out if we approach it with faith and with guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Our faith in the Trinity is expressed in our creed both the Apostolic and Nicene Creed. We make the sign of the cross; we always start and end our prayers and masses with it. We can’t find the word Trinity in the Bible but this doctrine of Trinity is implicit or implied in the scriptures such as blessing in 2 Cor.13:13, for baptism in Mt. 28:19, as our witness in heaven in 1 John 5:7 and many others.
But what I want to emphasize is since we believe in the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity and we were created in their image, then we are encouraged to live and work like them.
First, we should have what The Trinity has in common – love. Like in our salvation. Our salvation is a result of the love of the Father, the Sacrificial love of the Son, and the assurance of God’s love poured out in our heart by the Holy Spirit. Everything The Trinity does is motivated by love.
Second, that love in them makes them work in harmony and unity. The Holy Spirit will not speak of His own but He will declare what He hears from the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit works in coordination with the entire Godhead, John 16:13-14. They work as a team in perfect oneness and collaboration.
The irony of this is that in the world today, there is violence, discrimination, and injustice. In the church, it’s division, selfishness, competition and comparison. These are contrary to what we profess, that we believed in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Why is it like this? It is because we don’t believe and practice the love of the Father, the humility and obedience of the Son and the wisdom and companionship with the Holy Spirit. May our celebration today remind us of who and what we are in our union with the Triune God. May the grace of the Lord Jesus and the Love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all 2 Cor.13:14.
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