3rd June, 2012 Readings: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
All good things happen in threes, so the saying goes. And since it is Holy Trinity Sunday, after all, we’ll do things in threes too (no pun intended there). So three points to draw from this week’s readings:
(1) We are triune beings;
(2) Jesus is always with us; and
(3) We have power.
We are Triune beings.
If we are made in God’s image, then it only makes sense that our lives should also reflect the fundamental theologies of the Trinity. It is perhaps no coincidence then that we are composed of (1) mind, (2) body and (3) spirit. Or that Aquinas’s model of the soul consists of (1) memory, (2) intellect and (3) will. Or that a marriage’s three parties are (1) yourself, (2) your spouse, and (3) God.
And we can go on finding more triumvirates in our lives. But three examples suffice to illustrate the point: just as we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, so must our lives reflect God’s Triune nature.
What this means is that our lives will have different parts, but we must always strive for unity, communion and integration.
Our lives are never going to be simple. It will be comprised of different aspects, divided into different segments, compartmentalized into different spheres. Our goal then, is to live in communion – with ourselves, with others and with God. We have to live integrated lives, with consistent principles and authentic values. Only then can we glimpse a unity with God that is called holiness.
But this is no easy feat. And hence Jesus tells us: He is always with us.
We are always going to doubt. We are always going to feel lonely. We are always going to feel frustrated. Just as the disciples did, even in His presence.
That is why Jesus’ words are so comforting. He says exactly what we need to hear in our desolation, our desperation, our despair. He tells us that He is there, with us. That we can walk our own roads to Calvary because He is helping us to carry our crosses. That in the end things will turn out fine because He will see us through to our resurrections.
We may not feel His presence, but He promises us anyway: He is there. And in the dark moments of our lives when our hearts grow heavy, we can hold on to this promise as a lifeline, whisper these words that He said to His disciples 2000 years ago to ourselves, listen to them as He says it to us now. We can then find the strength to allow His grace to work in His own time and His own way to save us from ourselves, our many struggles, our terrible circumstances.
Because we are not the victim of our lives. We are the beneficiaries of His death. We are the recipients of the power of His resurrection.
And thus, we have the power to build God’s kingdom.
To quote Mariamme Williamson, “it is not in some of us; it is in all of us.” Even the ones that doubted – Jesus sent them all out in the Great Commission. Because our power does not come from ourselves. Believing so was Adam’s sin.
Our power comes from the Spirit that dwells in us. It is Pentecostal power. It is the power – that St Paul talks about – to cry out “Abba, Father”. With that power, with that strength that we can draw on when the things of the world fail to satisfy, with that peace and fulfillment we can find in living authentic integrated lives, Jesus exhorts us to make disciples of all nations.
The Church has always declared herself to be missionary. The question then that we must ask ourselves is: are we?