Trinity Sunday- June 16, 2019

On the feast of the most Holy Trinity we read from the Gospel of John. It is quite interesting that the word “Trinity” is not mentioned at all in either the Old or the New Testament. Trinity comes from a Latin-based word meaning the number three or triad. Although in the New Testament there are many texts that speak of God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; there is never a direct reference to the Trinity.

Gospel Acclamation: Rev 1:8

Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the God who is, who was, and who is to come.

Unknown.jpegOn the feast of the most Holy Trinity we read from the Gospel of John. It is quite interesting that the word “Trinity” is not mentioned at all in either the Old or the New Testament. Trinity comes from a Latin-based word meaning the number three or triad. Although in the New Testament there are many texts that speak of God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; there is never a direct reference to the Trinity.

Today’s reading is where Jesus, the Son, is speaking making references to the Spirit and to the father. There is a dynamic relationship between each of the three persons that the Trinity represents, and it is expressed in a variety of ways throughout the various different scriptural passages. Today’s particular gospel from John gives us a hint of the relationship that will be explored for many centuries.

The passage today we experience the notion of the “Spirit of Truth” rather than the  “Holy Spirit” that we all are very Unknown.pngfamiliar with.  This Spirit of Truth has a particular task that is bestowed upon them, which is to guide the disciples through the truth—bringing to them the message that is heard from the Father, Son, and Spirit.   The Spirit of Truth also functions to glorify the Son—and to then take from the Son, whom has everything the Father has—declaring it all to the disciples—HOW WONDERFUL!

images-1.jpegWe run into problems is the fact that we are given several different reference points to try and explain the Trinity.  One of the most popular is the shamrock—followed closely by the image relation of using the sun.  God is of course more than a leaf on a clover, and more than the sun [Father the sun itself, Son is the light, and Spirit the heat].  No matter what image that you use, all of the references lack in some way, creating an incomplete and problematic approach to trying to explain the presence of the Trinity.  It is, of course, best to go back to the Scripture for the understanding.

KEY PHRASE:

Everything of the Fathers is mine—and from mine will be given unto you!

Focusing on the Gospel today we see that the three people are relational.  The Son have obtained everything from the Father, while the Spirit functions as a commutator relaying the message of fullness and unity of the Father and Son.  Within God there is shown a completeness, and a relationship between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We see that all are necessary to complete the outpouring of everything among them. Because we are made in the likeness of God, we are called to participate in this community.  To pour everything from within—to be then filled with the mercy, forgiveness and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the readings we are introduced to a figure of “Lady Wisdom”.  In the first reading the Lady sings a song of self-revelation.  This hymn tells us of a long-lived relationship that developed over time.  It was a relationship of Joy.  It is a complete relationship that is of mutual respect.  It is a relationship of dependence.  It is a humble gift that should be met with humility and JOY!

 PSALM:

O Lord our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

images.jpegTaking a look at this mystery we can see that it is nearly impossible to fully understand it.  The mystery of the Trinity is not something we can understand in this world, and we should not try to understand it.  We should engage in a deeper relationship to get to know God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  There is no distinct answer that can ever be given, but then why would you want to solve that mystery.  By maintain the mystery of the Trinity we care thus called into a developing relationship.  We can be continually filled with wonder and LOVE!

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St Maximilian Kolbe, PRAY FOR US!

Deus lo Vult!

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The Spirit of Christ be with you always, AND WITH YOUR MATH!

The multiplication process of spreading the word of God and the love of Christ—Over the same 36-year period instead of leading a thousand people you merely led three, and then trained them to share the love of Christ to three others—then in the SAME 36-year period there would be well over a MILLION people who would come to know and love Christ.  I think a million disciples is far better than taking a personal win of 36,000.

The Spirit of Christ be with you always, AND WITH YOUR MATH!

Wait!  What?  We often think that we are doing our jobs when we go out into the world after mass and display our faith and our love for Christ.  In a way, we are, however, we would be doing it an academic “C” level.  To fully understand this, we look at Matthew 28:18-20.  This command asks us to go out and MAKE disciples, not to merely get them to convert over to Catholicism.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age’”.

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ONE person CAN make a difference!

What a powerful statement that Christ gave us.  But what does it mean?  If I decide to only ask people to believe in Christ in the Catholic way and I do that to approximately one thousand people a year for 36 years—I would be proud to know that I have touched 36 THOUSAND people!  The joy that I would have in my ability to share the love of Christ would be GREAT, but it would not be what I was called to do; nor is it what any of us are called to do.  DISCIPLESHIP is not about winning people over; it is about creating conversion—that part is real.  It is about creating awareness and understanding of the faith in general so that those you “win over” can go out and do the same thing!  BINGO!  There you have it, you have done what you were asked to do.  So, what would those impacts look like, is it better?  Well of course!  If you take the actual multiplication process of spreading the word of God and the love of Christ—Over the same 36-year period instead of leading a thousand people you merely led three, and then trained them to share the love of Christ to three others—then in the SAME 36-year period there would be well over a MILLION people who would come to know and love Christ.  I think a million disciples is far better than taking a personal win of 36,000.

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God called us all to be disciples.

What I have explained is a brief difference between Spiritual Addition and that of Spiritual Multiplication.  But how do we engage in the more advanced “Math of Jesus”?  You must FIND- LOCATE INTEREST-SHARE- HELP.  Those steps allow you to locate those that wish to know Christ, figure out their interests in Christ; their felt needs (what they think Jesus does for them); and finally, their attitude towards Jesus.  This is an essential process, for from these necessary findings you can LOCATE what is attractive to them about the love and understanding of Christ.

So now gathering their interest in Christ.  Understanding testimony, answered prayer stories, needs for personal prayers, and the community in which they lean towards to find and learn of God’s love, allows the original disciple to begin to make grounds of a life-long formation process.  This process eventually prepares the newly formed disciple with the tools necessary for them to enter the SHARE phase of their journey.  This share portion of the journey is an important one.  Here we can know and spread the story of Jesus, discover the power of Bible study, hear Gospel presentations, and ultimately be led to lectio divina (spiritual reading).  Once this step is complete, then we have a small period of HELP.  This period allows the newly formed Disciple of Christ to be asked for a decision, and from that decision to deal with any barriers that might exist.  So, what is this decision?  This decision is the hardest one we deal with as a human.  THE DECISION TO DO WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF US.  To go out and make disciples of all nations.

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What must we give to become a disciple of Christ?

Is the process of Spiritual Multiplication more natural than Spiritual Addition?  OF COURSE NOT!  Nothing we were meant to do was expected to be comfortable.  Loving God is sometimes hard.  Trusting God can equally be hard to do.  But listening to God should NEVER be hard.  Listening takes no effort.  If we only consider time in our lives to slow down and LISTEN, then we will see a great deal of change in all areas of life.

So, the next time the next time you are in mass and here THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU we should almost respond with “and with your math.”  For it is with our priest’s multiplication that we can as a community move closer to God.  For they are working to make efficient and productive disciples of us all.  And when we finish the Mass with—Go out and Glorify the Lord by your Presence— Maybe we should think ‘Praise be the Math of the Lord’.

I must thank my fellow Brother Knight Mr. Andy Medders for responding to my call to ask for things I could ponder and then write about.  Andy is an exceptional young husband and father, and equally something I am proud to be a fellow Knight with!