St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Trinity Sunday C22

How do you describe the indescribable or explain the unexplainable? The Trinity is a deep mystery. That mystery is too deep for our little brains to comprehend. But, theologians and others have tried to describe and explain it for ages. They best they can do is come up are descriptions that only touch on the reality of the mystery. I think that means we can only contemplate with an attitude of great awe, and let go of the need for precise answers. That goes against our world’s scientific bent. We foolish beings still search for an absolute answer instead of being in awe. The readings of today point us in the right direction.

From the Book of Proverbs we read: “Thus says the wisdom of God: ‘The Lord possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth.’[1] ; and again: ‘then I was beside him  as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of the earth; and I found delight in the human race.’”

The author of the Responsorial Psalm is amazed at God’s creation. (Read Psalm 8:4-9)

Paul in the Letter to the Romans continues to be amazed by what God has done for us:  “hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” He continues: “But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” “Indeed if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his son, how much more, once reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Not only that, but we boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”[2]

In the Gospel of John, written @60 years after resurrection, after a time of reflection, the author more than the previous Gospels portrays Jesus’ union with the Father.  Jesus promises that his disciples will share that same relationship with him and the Father through the Spirit. “Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he (the Spirit of truth) will take what is mine and declare it to you.”[3]

The three persons of the Trinity are united as one God by communal love; and, they created in order to share that love. Now, we are created in the image of God and are to find our fulfillment as images of the Trinity: enjoying relationships with each other, with God and with all of God’s creation.[4] How awful is that! (Awful means full of awe.)


[1] Provers: 8:22-23, 30-31

[2] Romans 5:8, 10--11

[3] John 16:15 (Parentheses are mine taken from verse 13)

[4] Taken from a reflection of Sister Mary M. McGlone, C.S.J.

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