“The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Gospel: (John 16:12-15 / Most Blessed Trinity)
“I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Today is the feast of the Most Blessed Trinity. Today’s feast encourages us to reflect on the mystery of God's own life, as he has revealed it to us, and to reflect on how our ultimate vocation as his creatures is to share his life. The Trinity reminds us that there's always a part of God that remains mysteriously and incomprehensibly –in us –with us, so that the Christian life has a large element of prayer and contemplation in it, to make God more comprehensible to us which draws into the mystery of his life.
In the gospel Jesus declares that there are many more things he could communicate about God to the disciples but that “they would be too much for you now”. But when the Holy Spirit comes, he says, the Spirit will lead the disciples to the “complete truth”, as Jesus puts it. It's a way of speaking that reminds us - if we need reminding - that there's always a large element, of God that lies beyond our grasp and beyond our comprehension.
Our culture places so little value on quiet and stillness and contemplation and that’s no surprise. So many people have their appetite for God stifled by the noise and distraction that they create in their own restlessness. There's also a tendency among many church people to neglect the basic elements of personal spiritual life and a call to holiness. The value of today's feast is amidst the distractions and bustle with which we're liable to surround ourselves, it calls us back to God as He is in Himself and the great mystery of His most holy inner life. It calls us back to the fact that our basic personal vocation is to share that life with others as we maneuver our way through this life.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS