Holy Trinity Sunday 2022

Arch behind the altar

When I thought about today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the first thing which came to my mind was the word ‘relationship’, and then ‘community’. As I was taught during my studies: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are in a relationship with each other. God the Father revealed himself to us through His Son and then through the Holy Spirit. We remember that the Eternal Word of God was made flesh over two thousand years ago in Bethlehem, and we call that Eternal Word of God – Jesus Christ. We also remember that Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, which we celebrated last Sunday. On that day in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we heard that all the disciples of Jesus received in a very spectacular way the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, and after that, their spiritual relationship and connection with the Father and the Son was strengthened even more than before, and continued in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We too, also need to open ourselves, and allow the Holy Trinity to work within us in order to enable us to go out, and share our faith with others. God appeared not only to the Apostles, but to all of us. ‘God is love’ – St John tells us many times in Scripture, therefore what the three Persons of the Holy Trinity do, is always done in love and unity. As we may remember from the book of Genesis, all of creation was made by God in love and harmony, and we, human beings were created in love, harmony and unity as well.

On this Trinity Sunday, we are invited us to embrace with gratitude the gift of love that God offers us every day. Let us accept this incredible, unconditional gift. If we sincerely accept it, we will be able to live with other people in a relationship of respect, love and peace. Moreover, we will be strengthened and united in the power of the Holy Spirit as the Apostles were. If we say ‘Yes’ to the gift that God prepared for us, we will be able to bring unity and forgiveness to those who struggle with divisions and lack of unity and forgiveness. If we accept God’s love at every stage of our lives, we will be able to be peacemakers among our family members, among our friends, at school, work and in our communities. This solemn day reminds us that our God is a God of relationship, and we His people have a similar nature. Many of us during lockdown and the pandemic lived in isolation, and – to a greater or lesser degree – experienced loneliness that lasted for many months and still continues in many cases. I think that we can all agree that total isolation helped and prevented many people and perhaps many of us from being infected by the virus. But on the other hand, total isolation will never help us to grow as human beings. Isolation doesn’t resolve physical, emotional or spiritual issues and problems that we might have to deal with on our own.

May the celebration of Trinity Sunday help us to realise once again that we are created by God who revealed himself to us as one God in three persons, and therefore we are called to live in the context of a loving community. We are also called to live in harmony in the global community, remembering that God sent His Son to save all the peoples of the world. In His command to His Apostles, Jesus said: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. The Lord’s command is not only about the necessity of sharing our faith, but also it is a great passage of Scripture about the existence of the Holy Trinity.

Let us pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit we will be able to respond to Jesus’ call to spread His message around the world, using all good means available, including social media. Let us pray that we will be constantly open for the gift of God’s love, and pass it on to others. May the Good News of salvation reach every person, every human being on earth. Please join with me in praising the Most Holy Trinity. ‘Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen’.

Fr Gregory