Gospel and Homily for Trinity Sunday

posted Jun 6, 2020, 12:01 PM by Michelle Massung

 

Gospel                                       JN 3:16-18

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.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

 

Homily for Trinity Sunday, Cycle A

 

            Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday.  It is one of the great mysteries of our faith.  The Trinity is three persons in one God. It is a very complex mystery and I spent an entire semester studying this mystery and quite frankly, it is still a mystery to me.  It is a very difficult concept for me to grasp but let me try to explain this mystery in a little easier way. 

            We have all heard that God is love.  Yet, we also know that it takes at least two to share that love.  It is not really love until it is given to someone else.  That is why God has to be a relationship.  That relationship is God the creator, The Son, the redeemer, the one loved, and the Spirit, the love shared between them.  Therefore, God cannot be a single entity or being.  If God is love, God has to be a relationship, the Trinity.  It is not so much a mystery to me when I think of God as a relationship of three.  However, God wanted to extend His love outside of the Trinity.  Therefore, He created the universe and all of us.  Wee are created in His image and likeness and He wants all of us to spend eternity with Him in heaven.  To help us achieve that, He sent his son, Jesus Christ to suffer and die for us and for our sins.  We hear this is today’s Gospel, John 3:16.  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.”  He did this out of love for us.  He also sent us the Holy Spirit, His love, to guide us on our life journey so that we can return to Him.  Again, He did this out of love for us. 

            To speak in terms of God, it is sometimes best to use analogies.  The first analogy is to think  of the Trinity in terms of a married couple.  My Aunt Margaret and Uncle Joe were married for over 50 years.  However, they were not able to have children. They shared a very deep and abiding love in the same manner that God, in itself, shares love.  Compare this to Mike and Katrina.  They too are married and share a very deep and profound love for each other.  However, they are able to extend that love to their child that will be born later this month.  Of course they could have chosen not to have children and to remain a loving couple like God is in His relationship with the Son, through the Holy Spirit. Yet, like God, they wanted to extend their love beyond their relationship.  Sure, they will continue to love each other for many years to come.  Yet, they will extend that love to their child. 

            As much as we know that the Trinity is a mystery, it is not a mystery to be solved like in good book or movie.  No, it is mystery about love.  The greatest part of that mystery is how much God loves us, in spite of our sinfulness.  God never wanted us to suffer when He created Adam and Eve.  However, their sin brought pain evil and suffering into the world.  God could have let us just suffer and die.  Yet, out of love, the Trinity, he sent his Son and the Holy Spirit to aid us on our life’s journey back to Him.  What should our response be to His love?  To love Him back by spending time in church giving praise and thanksgiving to Him. The word Eucharist means Thanksgiving.  We also extend that love of God to others in our daily lives.  Today, our country in torn by anger, strife, racism etc.  What is the answer?  Love.  Love conquers all.  It is up to us to first accept God’s love into our own hearts and then to share that love with others.  May the love of God, which is beyond all understanding, bring you comfort and peace, now and forever.  Amen.

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