Trinity Sunday…the Sunday on which we celebrate the mystery of mysteries! One of the first things we need to realize is that we are not going to “explain” this mystery, nor are we going to try to prove it. It’s a gift we’ve been given, an inexplicable treasure to cherish, celebrate, rejoice in and ponder with faith and gratitude.
In one of his poems from the 14th century, the German Dominican mystic, Meister Eckhart, created this amazing image of the Trinity:
“Do you want to know
what goes on in the core of the Trinity?
I will tell you.
In the core of the Trinity
the Father laughs
and gives birth to the Son.
The Son laughs back at the Father
and gives birth to the Spirit.
The whole Trinity laughs
and gives birth to us.”
This amazing mystery is all about love and the joy that exists in love. It’s all about relationship and the love and joy that exists in selfless, giving relationship. This is like a flow, a flow of endless love and joy. It’s what Richard Rohr, in the title of his book, calls The Divine Dance.
So, in this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples what they are to do…and it is no small task! Make disciples of all nations…okay, there’s a slight challenge here because all means all. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit. This is going to take some explaining…teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded them. The mission and the challenge was launched by Jesus a long time ago and is still the mission and the challenge in which we find ourselves today. It’s all about love. All are to be baptized in and with love, observing the gospel of Jesus with love. The Father, Son and Spirit are the love spread over the world, flowing and dancing through each of us.
Then, at the end of Jesus message today we find the words that make all the difference…the words that bring hope, joy, comfort, and a promise that will never be broken: “And behold, I (the love of the Trinity) am with you ALWAYS, until the end of the age.” What more could we ask for?
-Sr. Patricia Brady
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