When I reflect on the scripture readings for the Most Holy Trinity Solemnity, I am struck with the idea of this All Powerful, All Mighty, and Awesome God that causes me, like Moses in our first reading, to “bow down to the ground and worship.” (Ex 34:8) Yet, this is the same God that in all humility, mercy and justice “gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16) This Promise for the Week reminds me of my own salvation when I was so undeserving of His love and mercy because of my past life and deviant living. But because I accepted His Son as my Lord and Savior, through the power of His Holy Spirit, I was not condemned but received eternal life in Him.
Why then, I wonder, am I so quick to judge my brother or sister when they don’t live up to my expectations? Why do I lose my patience so quickly when they “annoy me”? Why am I not like God the Father who is described in the first reading as “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity”? (Ex 34:6). Isn’t there a need in my life for “rejoicing” as directed to in the second reading? (2 Cor 13:11) Yet, if I look at the living example of the love that each Person of the Trinity has for one another, a perfect love that flows out of their relationship to one another, I will see the answers to many of my questions.
May we continue to grow in that Perfect Love and see that unique Perfect Love in our sisters and brothers in our families and community. May we continue to “follow the Lord’s command” as we are directed to “affirm and empower one another in the Holy Spirit.” May our relationship with others, especially in community, grow in that same Trinitarian Spirit that we experience from the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Finally, as in our second reading this week, may we truly be able to say to each other, may “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” (2 Cor 13:13)