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23 tháng 5, 2016

Homily For The Most Holy Trinity Sunday-C (May 22, 2016)

The Most Holy Trinity Loves and Cares for Us
(Most Holy Trinity Sunday May 22, 2016)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday today, two questions arise in our mind: one, who is the Most Holy Trinity? And two, what has the Most Holy Trinity done for us?

We go to the first question: who is the Most Holy Trinity”

The Most Holy Trinity is the One God Who appears to us in the three divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This very important truth was taught us by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Throughout His mission on earth, Christ always told His listeners that God the Father sent Him to preach the message of Divine Mercy, calling sinners to go back to God, to repent of their wrongs and ask for the forgiveness of their sins.  Christ also introduced to believers the Holy Spirit Who comes from God the Father and God the Son, and Who works for the unity of the Church and the human family.

In the Old Testament the three Divine Persons were present already at the first moment of the creation. The Book of Genesis tells us that “a mighty wind swept over the waters”[1] and that the Lord God made the universe and all things in heaven and on earth just by saying a word.  Bible scholars point out that “wind” is the symbol of the Holy Spirit because Christ once told Nicodemus that “the wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes, so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.[2] The Gospel according to Saint John teaches us that “the Word was with God and was God” and that “all things came to be through Him.”[3]  This very Word of God “became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”[4]       

In the New Testament the presence of the three Divine Persons becomes clearer.  When Christ received the baptism by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River the Holy Spirit hovered over Him and the voice of God the Father recognized Christ as His Son: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”[5]      

With regard to what the three Divine Persons have done for us, we have evidences from the Holy Bible to be convinced that the Most Holy Trinity loves and cares for us so much in both the work of creation and the work of salvation.

We are taught that God made us in His divine image.  The Book of Genesis tells us that before the creation of man God was holding a meeting among the three Divine Persons and they came to a common and final decision: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”[6]

When God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to save us from sin and death, the Holy Spirit came to make the process of Christ becoming a human person possible.  The Archangel Gabriel assured the Blessed Virgin Mother: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  Therefore the child will be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”[7]     
Christ our Lord and Savior orders us be baptized in the Name of the Most Holy Trinity so that we deserve being God’s children and also worthy of new life in eternal union to God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Hoy Spirit.”[8]   

Our prayer of praise and glory and thanksgiving should, for the abovementioned reasons, be offered to the Three Divine Persons of the Most Holy Trinity: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever.  Amen.”  

[1] Gn 1:2.
[2] Jn 3:8.
[3] Jn 1:1.3.
[4] Jn 1:14.
[5] Mk 1:9-11.
[6] Gn 1:26.
[7] Lk 1:35.
[8] Mt 28:19.
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.