|By Fr. Brendan McGuire
Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, San Jose and Vicar General for special projects, Diocese of San Jose. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity and Love Are Real
Sunday, May 22, 2016
The attorney of a rich woman, who had recently died, gathered all her relatives to read her Last Will and Testament. All her relatives eagerly gathered to receive an inheritance. As the attorney opened up the sealed envelope he read: “I hereby declare as I have sound mind and body that all of my money I give to myself. And by now, you should know that I have spent it all.” Not quite what they were expecting and obviously they were pretty irritated by it. But in fact, she had spent all the money and left only enough money to pay for the attorney to read those last words.
Jesus in today’s Gospel does the exact opposite. He leaves everything. And he says, I give you all truth. They were not able to receive the whole truth when he was with them but with the gift of the Spirit, now they are ready to receive the truth: God is a God of love.
It seems strange that the disciples were having such a hard time. They had spent time with Jesus but they were not able to comprehend the mystery of who Jesus was or who God is. That is the struggle for all of us as it is hard to explain and even harder to understand. That is the essence of today’s celebration of the Most Holy Trinity.
God is a God of love and he loves the Son and the Son loves the Father and the love that they share is the Holy Spirit flowing between them; a virtuous circle of love to the Father and from the Father; a virtuous circle that you and I are invited to join. It does sound wonderful and it is beautiful but the only way in which we can truly understand this love is to experience the love of God. That sounds sort of obvious but we have to allow God to love us.
Here is the most important thing you will ever hear in your entire life: God loves you before you change anything. We do not have to do anything to be loved by God. But because of that love, he wants us to turn away from sin, but he loves us before we turn away. He loved you into being. We have to not just hear those words, but we have to try to experience that love in our lives. We must allow God to love me in all my weirdness, in all my flaws, and even in all my sins.
So today as we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity at this table, we are called to enter into that virtuous circle of being loved by God and accepting that love. In return, loving God by loving other people as well in all their weaknesses and in all their weirdness. Then we come to allow ourselves to be loved and in turn to love others. That is the profound mystery of the Trinity at work.