Cycle (A) The Most Holy Trinity

Ex 34:4-6, 8-9; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18

The world, we live in, is not as simple as it might seem to be. It is full of unexplained mysteries that raise several questions that remain to be answered till date. There are many such mysterious phenomena, which find no satisfactory explanation in science. Many of the mysteries keep us wondering, asking questions, and striving to learn

more about our world are simply amusing. They have perplexed individuals all throughout history.

The Bermuda Triangle is believed to possess certain supernatural powers due to which aircraft and ships coming in its vicinity disappear. Moreover, researchers have never been able to find the exact cause of the disappearing of vessels and aircraft, neither have they been able to trace the lost objects. The Bermuda Triangle remains an unexplained mystery.

Unidentified objects, abbreviated as UFOs, are disk-like objects seen in the night sky. Some of them glow and have lights. People claim to have seen them float in sky or fly across speedily. It is said that they could be spaceships or vehicles of the aliens traveling to Earth

Archaeologists have found about thirteen crystal skulls in parts of Mexico as well as Central and South America. They are 5000 to 36000 year old human like skulls made out of milky crystal rock.

Long years of research might be able to find answers to some of them while many will remain being unresolved for generations to come. If there are so many things that cannot be explained in this world, how can we explain the mysteries relating to the creator of this world!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It is a mystery that cannot be comprehended by the human beings. The root of the word “Trinity” originates from the Latin word “trini” which means “three each,” or “threefold”. The one and only God is Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In other words, in Jesus dwells the Father and the Holy Spirit. And the same can be said about the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The doctrine of Trinity teaches us that God does not exist in isolated individualism but in a community of relationships. This doctrine conveys the message of unity, the oneness that exists in God. The church invites us to share the same unity. “United we stand and divided we fall” says the proverb. Aesop’s fable The Four Oxen and the Lion conveys this message very effectively. A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

This is the greatest problem of the modern world. Unity has given way to division. Division among the nations; division in the society; division among the Christians; division in the Church and division in the family.  It poses threat to the very existence of human race. Still we fail to recognize this enemy.

All the religious teachers, all the world leaders, all the philanthropists and all the social reformers have dreamt of a world where unity reigns. Martin Luther King had a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners would be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. Today our dream should be that all the human race should live together without the distinction of caste, creed, colour or language.  This change should begin from the bottom level that is you and me. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” When the individual is reconciled to himself, the unity that he experiences will spread to the family, to the society and to the world at large.

St Paul wrote that Jesus is head (Colossians 1:18) and we are all members. Jesus taught “I and the Father are One."(John 10:30). Therefore as members of the church we have to be one.  St Paul wrote to the Romans that “we are children of God” (Romans 8:16-18). If we are children of God, members of the church and followers of Jesus, we are bound by the command of Jesus to foster unity above all. Martin Luther King reminded us thatWe have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”

When we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, let us learn the art of living together as brothers. Keep in mind the words of Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”