June 11, 2017
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
The Gospel Today
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.
REFLECTION (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)
Love is very difficult to describe. It is a warmth, an affection, a feeling, a relation that unites people together. The reality that all of us are made in God’s image and likeness, qualifies us to become more like the Triune God through all our relationships.
The self needs to be in a horizontal relationship with all other people and in a vertical relationship with God. In that way our life becomes Trinitarian like that of God. The love of the Blessed Trinity challenges us to have an “I-and-God-and-neighbor” relationship; that is, I am a Christian insofar as I live in a relationship of love with God and other people. Like God the Father, we are called to be responsible, productive and creative persons by contributing to the building up of our family, our Church, our community and our nation. Like God the Son, we are called to be an instrument of reconciliation, to be peacemakers, to put back together that which has been broken, to restore what has been shattered. Like God the Holy Spirit, it is our task to stand for, uncover, teach truth, dispel ignorance. The love of the Holy Trinity is one of solidarity between and among persons. It is a way of living the Gospel according to the signs of the time and attentive to the requirements of justice, understood as rightly ordered relationships between and among persons. St. Francis Xavier’s favorite prayer was: “Most Holy Trinity, Who live in me, I praise You, I worship You, I adore You and I love You.”
The fulfillment of our life comes about only in our relationship with God and other people and not by turning inwardly to ourselves. Our greatest happiness comes from being generous and selfless; when we can go out from ourselves and able to share what and who we are to others. Through these, we start to be like how we are created – in God’s image and likeness, a God whom there are Three Persons united by Love.