Sunday, June 15, 2014

Roman Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 15th, 2014

"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." John 3:16-18

Today, in the United States of America, is Fathers Day. But for Roman Catholics, that day is eclipsed, in a sense, by the great feast of the Holy Trinity. Yet, as much as Father's Day is overshadowed by the Trinity Sunday, truthfully I think that we can say that this day is given meaning through the solemnity.

Photo by Elizabeth Nguyen
Fatherhood is a unique and inexpressible role, bestowed mutually by God and Woman upon the man at the moment of conception. Saint John Paul II, in his writings "Love and Responsibility", touch on this when he speaks of the "Communio Personarum", or the community of persons within a marriage. Through the intimate self-gift of man and woman together, a new child is created, as well as the new states of life of 'motherhood' and 'fatherhood'. Yet, without a context, this splendid truth is only an isolated experience of wonder.

From God, revealed to us through today's scriptures, comes this great gift of fatherhood. We are given, as it says, a spirit within us crying out "Abba, Father". We begin as adopted sons of the Father, but He invites us to embrace fatherhood for ourselves. We see here in the Gospel a truth so profound that we can hardly grasp it: "God...loved." This is fundamental, becuase inevitably, true fatherhood is the union of love which creates another. God loved, and He spoke the world into being. God loved this world so much, He was willing to save it at any cost. This love is the foundation of fatherhood.

Photo by Elizabeth Nguyen
Here, we come to the cross of Christ. The truth of the Father's love is that He was willing to sacrifice His Son, Jesus. Like last weeks readings, we come to a crucial point: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Jn. 20:21. So, His Love was without limits, to the point of sacrificing Him who was most dear to His heart upon the cross. So too are we called to be detached from our own longings, to live not for ourselves, but to see ourselves as a gift. So in that giving of self man and woman creates child and become, in their own right, 'mother' and 'father', and in that giving of self as a gift we are called to inspire others to live no longer for themselves and their worldly posterity, but for heaven and for the salvation of souls.

The Love of the Father is the Love to which we are called, and today's feast of the Blessed Trinity celebrates the bestowal of Himself upon us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

God Be Praised! 

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