A Homily For Trinity Sunday - Year A - 30 May 1999
Friar Sydney Mascarenhas. O.F.M., Ph.D
The following Homily is provided by Friar Sidney as a way of enriching the ministry of the Word as presented through this web site. Friar Sidney, who has spent much of his ministry in India, is currently a Professor of Philosophy in Rome. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The texts used by Friar Sydney come from the Roman Lectionary - which in most points agrees with the Revised Common Lectionary. READINGS: Exodus 34:4-4b, 6:8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 INTRODUCTION: We celebrate today, a Feast that is both very great and mysterious. It was so great that like anything great, it caused splits within the Church about its formulation. And like anything that is mysterious, it is a source of unbelief for some. But anything mysterious can also be something truly commanding. All the more reason, then, for all Believers to meditate upon this great and mysterious Feast. HOMILY: Dear friends, we celebrate today this great and mysterious Feast which has been the source of splits among Christians. In other words, the Belief in the Most Holy Trinity has been a cause for both belief and unbelief. It has been a cause of Division among believers. Is that not strange! Even the very Life of God has been the cause of division among humans! I sometimes wonder whether God is really strange or, whether we humans are very strange. Let us, therefore, like Moses approach this strange spot that keeps burning among us. For the moment, let us leave the climate and soil where all kinds of arguments thrive. Let us enter this Sanctuary which has been opened to us by no one less than the Most High Himself. Let us allow His Presence to take hold of us. Let us listen to His Word destined for us. Let us share His Spirit given to us. Is not the God we believe in, the One who made all things in heaven and on earth?. Is not the God we believe in, the One who called us His sons and daughters? Is not the God we believe in, the One who commands all life? Is not the God we believe in, the Source of all Life, Creative and Merciful towards us? Is not the God we believe in, more like a Father to all of us? Is not the God we believe in, the One who came and made His Dwelling among us? Is not the God we believe in, the One who said: Father, forgive them...? Is not the God we believe in, the Light, the Truth and the Way for us? Is not the God we believe in, a Brother to us? Is not the God we believe in, the One who inspires us? Is not the God we believe in, the Spirit and Life to us? Is not the God we believe in, the source of Love, Wisdom and Mission for us? Is not the God we believe in, our Santifier, our Vivificator and our Consoler? Thus we behold this God of ours: He acts as three, but He is one. Rather than dispute this, let us realize that the World looks to each of us to share His Creative, Redemptive and Sanctifying activity in this Sanctuary of His which He has entrusted to us --- the Earth. What greater calling can we have as Christians? What greater dignity could be entrusted to us humans by this Triune God of ours? By this shall we be judged: Have we been to the World, Creative, Redemptive and Sanctifying? Do we live in the World as its co-creators, its co-redeemers and its sanctifiers? Or, are we just the World's abusers, scourgers and pollutors? That is something that each one of us should ask ourselves today. If the Triune God is our Model of Relationship, then, we cannot be the Earth's Abuser, Scourge and Pollutor. We need to act as the Earth' s creative Guardian, the Earth's redemptive children, and the Earth's enlivening inspirers. The Earth is a Home of the Triune God. The Triune God is the Model of our human Society. What a wonderful Life! We bless and thank you, O holy Trinity, for this great model of Life and Society on the Earth! Shalom! copyright - Friar Sydney Mascarenhas and Rev. Richard J. Fairchild 1999 please acknowledge the appropriate author if citing these sermons.