Thursday, June 7, 2012


We share some reflections from Father Dominic's homily for Trinity Sunday.

Often our tiny conception does not begin to approach “the God, who is always greater,” the God who loves without measure and without regret. Today’s Feast invites us to anchor and immerse ourselves in the fullness of God. On Trinity Sunday the Liturgy seems to indicate that our image of who God is and what is on God’s mind is more tiny than troubled. In other words, we probably trip more over our puny sense of God than over conflicting creedal statements or theological considerations.

Human poverty, the mystery of our own deepest neediness, is perhaps exactly what ultimately pulls the “curtain” back and enables us to fix in our heart the reality of God, who is to us Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God loves us. And yet perhaps we feel ourselves just outside God’s fingertips, or we spend much of our lives unable to shake off what feels like God only embracing us grudgingly and reluctantly. God has gotten tiny for many of us. But who can explain that unexpected moment when the utter fullness of God rushes in on us, when we completely know the One in whom “we move and live and have our being”?

I suggest that the question before us this morning is not how “three are one,” but rather are we poor enough to really know that He is with us always, ever approaching and addressing us until the end of the world? Are we poor enough to be plunged into Trinitarian depths, not only sacramentally at the time of our baptism, but at every moment as we live out our baptismal life? And when was the last time we heard in our own dark depths the Spirit of adoption leading us out of fear and making us cry out, “Abba!”?

Like the Samaritan woman bantering with Jesus by Jacob’s well, getting closer and closer to discovering who he is, we are told by an encouraging Christ: “If only you knew the Gift of God!” This Gift is no abstraction. Neither is the dogma of the Holy Trinity an abstraction, mere information regarding God’s inner life. It is rather a stunning, blissful experience. The God who created us is the God who came to us in Jesus Christ to take us back to his heart, and this same God is with us now as the Spirit of the Risen Lord. It was the actual experience of this threefold presence of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, which led the Church, guided, as promised, by the Holy Spirit, to infer that in some mysterious way, God is triune in nature. This is not something to be “worked out” by us theologically, but known by us as we are caught up in the Trinitarian stream of life. The only way we know that we share God’s life in a truly divine way, however, is that we discover that God gives himself totally to us.