Fr Thomas’ Homily for Trinity Sunday

Holy Trinity, not an eluding concept, but a dear experience

We just concluded the Reconciliation Week, an annual reminder for all Australians the need to connect with the first nation people of our country.  What is the wrong that needs reconciliation?  The words of Noel Pearson, an aboriginal leader, drives to the heart of the issue.  He said “We are a much unloved people. We are perhaps the ethnic group Australians feel least connected to.” (Cathnews 22 March 2023).   Lack of love is grieved because without love there is no life, only hopelessness.   With real love there is no frustration nor hopelessness.  You cannot adequately explain the mystery of love, whether between groups of people or different individuals; it has to be experienced.  You as parents know the beauty of love as you are intimately connected with your child.  You spent time with your child and make sacrifices without any complaint; in fact, you do it joyfully.  Loving a child or a parent or a spouse brings joy, peace and a sense of purpose in your life.

The foundation of life is the ability to give and receive love.   Love is creative.   It helps you to have life and have it to the full.  The Bible reveals that God is the perfection of love.
     Jesus always spoke about his intimacy with the Father.  “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (Jn 14:10).   In a most unprecedented way, Jesus addressed God as “Father” when he taught his disciples how to pray (Ref Mt 6:9-13).   Jesus has revealed to us that God is a loving Father.  So with confidence we call God “our Father” and long for his loving providence.  “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
     Jesus also said, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father —He will testify about Me” (Jn 15:26).   The Holy Spirit of God enables the disciples of Jesus to experience the love and service of God more deeply.   The Advocate the resurrected Jesus sent us helps us appreciate the ultimate sacrifice and service of Jesus on the Cross as God’s unfathomable love for humanity.
     God’s nature is the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  We call it the Most Holy Trinity.   It is a mystery, like any other love, it has to be experienced and progressively explored rather than looked at as an intellectual puzzle. 
     God is love.  Know God with your heart.  This will bring you peace and joy like none other then you will be living your life fuller, and that is the Kingdom of God.  You don’t have to wait till after death to enter into the Kingdom of God.  Enter the Kingdom of God here and now, and you will be able to continue the experience the Kingdom of God after your demise from the earth.  The Most Holy Trinity reminds us that our God is not an eluding concept, but a dear experience.