Dear Followers of Jesus,
As we (normally) enter the church building, we dip our fingers into the baptismal water. We fling water over our bodies, marking them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We often do this gesture without thinking, our hands not quite reaching our forehead, chest and shoulders.
We may continue this gesture before mealtime prayer or when we tuck our children into bed or begin praying the Rosary. This gesture has been handed down to us for generations. Making the Sign of the Cross on our bodies unites us with God and to one another. This Christian witness comes from our baptism.
On this Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity, we celebrate the union of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This mystery seems so otherworldly and out of our reach. However, at the essence of this celebration, lies the deep communion of God. This profound unity of the Trinity teaches us how to become people of God on the earth.
We are called to live in unity on earth. This unity reflects our heavenly home. We are living in fragile times. We are experiencing the killing of minorities, abuse of power, cultural unrest, and disunity. Violence rises when some of our voices are not heard, when the unity of humanity is threatened.
As Christians, we are challenged to enter the chaos. What we have to offer is a voice that needs to be heard by all sides, by all people, by all generations. What we have to offer the world is a voice of continuity that all human beings share the same value, no matter our race, no matter our political backgrounds, no matter our economic status.
Our voices of unity fall upon deaf ears when we are not living our lives with integrity. We easily fall into the trap of thinking that God must be on our side because we have power, authority, wealth, respect, and of course we follow all cultural rules and obligations. Faith is not about privilege. Faith is not about power or living our lives apart from the world. Faith is meant for us to dig deeply into our human condition and lift up those most in need of healing and wholeness, dignity and respect.
We are called as believers to live with humility. We need to learn how to be citizens in our culture that invite people together, not shun them, or make fun of the lowly, or cast blame upon people who we think are different. It is so easy to blame the weak for anything we do not want to take responsibility for. So often, we want to dominate life and cultural because of skin color and language, because of educational background, and ethnic history.
We are called to gather people into unity, just a God lives. The Trinity gives us a template as how to live even in these uneasy times. Three Persons in One, this is the model for us even here on earth. We are challenged to listen to people who feel they have no voice. We are challenged to explore ways to speak a language of peace no matter who we are or how we live. We are challenged by faith to end violence, racial divides and most of all to continue to discover our common humanity. We are one in God, just as God longs to be in relationship with God’s people.
Throughout our centuries, we have used flimsy images of the Trinity. The triangle or the shamrock has been held up to express the image of unity. The real image of The Most Holy Trinity is when we face divisions and allow God to heal them. The Trinity is revealed when we lift up the poor, settle our disputes, and give the oppressed freedom in our day and in our time. “Peace” is the manifestation of God in our midst.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” JN 3
God give you peace,