Liturgically, we have returned to Ordinary Time. Most of the liturgical year is spent in ordinary time which means that most of our time spent with the Lord in life is in ordinary, daily life. The Church gives us back-to-back solemnities on these Sundays in Ordinary Time: Most Holy Trinity (today) and Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (next Sunday). With especially today’s feast of the Holy Trinity, I thought it would be good to offer insights from someone more theologically skilled than I am.
The following reflection, “A Share in the Life of the Trinity” (September 28, 1997) comes from the late Msgr. Thomas Wells, a former priest of Washington. As you’ll notice, he actually combines our feasts by merging the Eucharist with the Trinity. Great stuff!
May you know the peace of Christ,
“Humanity reflects the life of the Trinity. This, I think, is one of the things meant by Scripture’s saying that we are made in the image and likeness of God. The better we know God, the better we know ourselves. Think about this, for example. From all eternity, it is the nature and role of the eternally begotten Son to love the Father. From all eternity, the Son responds to the Father whose love begot Him. The Holy Spirit, of course, is the love that eternally is exchanged between the Father and the Son.
It is the nature, then, of the Son to respond to the love of the Father. The Incarnation – the word we give to describe that God became man in the womb of Mary – is so extraordinary because it means that our brother in humanity, Jesus, not only continues to be in a relationship and intimate union with the Father, but He also enables us to participate in that same relationship. Now, St. Paul makes the crucial distinction that what belongs to Jesus by nature (His Sonship) is ours only by adoption. In other words, because of the death and Resurrection of Christ, we are the adopted sons and daughters of God. In the Spirit of Jesus, we can cry out, ‘Abba, Father,’ and know that we are heard as dearly beloved children.
Our challenge is to unite ourselves with Jesus. Again, St. Paul uses images like, ‘Clothe yourselves in Christ,’ or, ‘Put on the armor of God,’ to illustrate our potential to be remade in Christ. The reality, of course, is that because our potential is to live the life of Christ, like Him we have freedom: we are not forced to live the life we are given in Baptism. Inevitably, we fall short.
This is why the Eucharist is so central to God’s Plan for us. The great human act of love for the Father is the sacrifice of Jesus. Until time is no more, Jesus, our brother, continues to give Himself in love to the Father for us, and the Father continues to say, ‘Yes,’ to the prayer of His Son and our brother. The incredible miracle of the Mass is that, through the sacramentality of the priesthood, we can join with Jesus in that most perfect and pleasing act of praise. Insofar as we unite ourselves with Jesus, we are caught up in the very life of the Trinity.”