Msgr. Joseph Prior

(See the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 30)

I, as most clergymen, have had the nice privilege of witnessing quite a few {couples} making their marriage vows. The traditional course of preparation is that the couple assist put together the liturgy by praying over the assorted scriptural readings the Church gives as selections for the Mass.

Virtually inevitably the second studying chosen is the one from First Corinthians which begins with the well-loved phrases of St. Paul: “If I converse in human and angelic tongues however should not have love, I’m a powerful gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I’ve the present of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all information; if I’ve all religion in order to maneuver mountains however should not have love, I’m nothing. If I give away every thing I personal, and if I hand my physique over in order that I could boast however should not have love, I achieve nothing.”

The phrases of that studying seize the significance of affection within the relationship which is about to be sanctified, made holy, via the dedication of the spouses. It clearly resonates with the {couples} as a result of it’s chosen so typically.

Marriage, nonetheless, shouldn’t be the one context for understanding that studying. Many individuals would come with this passage as certainly one of their scriptural favorites or one which has had profound that means of their lives. The explanation in all probability has one thing to do with the significance of affection in life.

A number of weeks in the past on the Sundays main as much as Pentecost we heard passages from 1 John and the Gospel In accordance with John. Within the Gospel, Jesus speaks of his love for the Father and for his flock. He demonstrates this love in his laying down his life for his mates. He instructions us to “love each other as I’ve liked you.” Within the letter John describes God on this quick however highly effective sentence: “God is love.”

Right this moment we rejoice Trinity Sunday. We rejoice the thriller of who God is — the Holy Trinity. It’s certainly one of solely two dogmas that truly have a feast day within the liturgical calendar. The time period “thriller” is acceptable for the celebration. God is to this point above us that we are able to by no means absolutely perceive him.

A part of the expression “thriller” entails an encounter. We encounter God and enter right into a relationship with him. By this relationship we come to know him. This information shouldn’t be exhaustive however participating. It attracts us nearer to the One who can by no means be absolutely identified. It’s a relationship of affection.

The idea within the Holy Trinity is one which flows from God’s self-revelation to us via Jesus Christ. Jesus’ reveals that the God of creation and covenant is his Father. He typically speaks of that relationship within the gospels. The connection is certainly one of love. The Father loves him and he the Father. Likewise we hear Jesus converse of the Spirit. Final week we celebrated Pentecost. The promised Spirit is God’s abiding presence amongst us. By the Spirit, God, who created and redeemed us, dwells inside and amongst us to sanctify our lives in love.

The Gospel passage for Sunday’s liturgy incorporates the ultimate tackle of Jesus to his disciples within the Gospel In accordance with Matthew. The phrases are supplied simply earlier than Jesus ascends to the Father. After we consider last addresses, or phrases which are spoken in a proper setting, we usually ascribe to them a fantastic import. Such is the case right here with these phrases. Jesus speaks because the Lord of life. He’s risen from the lifeless and certainly via that victory over sin and demise he can declare “all energy in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Then he proclaims: “Go, subsequently, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them within the title of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, educating them to watch all that I’ve commanded you.” The baptism that takes place is to be within the title of the Holy Trinity. Baptism binds us to Christ and attracts us into the divine lifetime of God. On this means God who’s love attracts us into the everlasting life of affection.

St. Paul in his Letter to the Romans (second studying) reminds us that it’s in our union with Christ (via baptism) that we are able to confidently and rightly name God “Abba.” The time period expresses a child-like love for the Father. It captures the innocence, simplicity, utter belief and reliance {that a} small baby has for his or her mother and father. The expression would almost certainly be translated into widespread speech as “Daddy.” Paul reminds us that via this union with Christ we are actually thought-about adopted youngsters of God – and his heirs as properly, “joint heirs with Christ.” He concludes with these phrases, “if solely we endure with him in order that we can also be glorified with him.”

They could appear unusual to us at the moment. We usually affiliate struggling with one thing that’s to be eradicated not embraced. Nonetheless, he’s talking right here of Jesus’ willingness and certainly precise forgoing of his personal pursuits, needs, even consolation for the sake of one other. His self-giving is aware of no restraints. That is a part of love. So when St. Paul associates this with our being youngsters of God and heirs as properly, he’s reminding us to like.

God loves us a lot that he not solely created us however makes himself identified to us. His revelation as Father, Son and Holy Spirit attracts us into this relationship of affection. Celebrating the Holy Trinity is a celebration of affection. The God who’s love shares that love with us and calls us to stay that love in {our relationships} with one another.

I discussed St. Paul’s First Corinthians passage at first. His conclusion to that passage helps us to embrace this thriller and relationship: “At current we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, however then nose to nose. At current I do know partially; then I shall know absolutely, as I’m absolutely identified. So religion, hope, love stay, these three, however the best of those is love.”


Msgr. Joseph Prior is pastor of Our Woman of Grace Parish, Penndel, and a former professor of Sacred Scripture and rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.