Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Homily Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year B: Fr. Michael U. Udoekpo

Homily Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year B: Fr. Michael U. Udoekpo
Readings: Deut 4:32-34, 39-40; Ps 33:4-9, 18-20, 22; Rom 8:14-17 and Matt 28:16-20

The Mystery of God’s Love

“Blessed are those whom the Lord has chosen as his own” (Psalm 33:12).
This is the responsorial psalm of today. Some translations would say, “Happy are the nations whose God is the Lord, the people chosen as his very own’” (NAB). What ever translation, this psalm captures the essence of our celebration today, Israel in the presence of God; the Church, our community in the presence of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

We celebrate the mystery(that which surpasses our human understanding) of the three persons in One God, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity; a Triune God who loves and cares for us; the mystery of all that God has done in our lives. This is not a God whom we want to question today “how did three of you become one,” but a God who loves to see us practice our faith or go out to the whole world and preach the values of Christ Jesus, his only begotten, whose birth stories we share at Christmas, passion, resurrection and Ascension at Easter and the coming down of the Holy spirit at Pentecost, to lead the Church.

The 1st reading of today from Deuteronomy Chapter 4 is a clear exhortation or call to remember all these mysteries and wonders God has done for us in the past- in creation, signs and wonders, the liberation from slavery, exodus and redemption.  God can do what humanly seems impossible. I am sure you may have your personal testimonies. Recall God’s wonders including the miracle of the air or oxygen we breathe, the wars he defeated the enemies, the 10 plagues, the miracle of the read sea- all these should strengthen our faith and enable us believe more and more in God- keeping his statues and his basic commandments, namely love of neighbor and God!

He is a miracle working God who out of love journeyed in his son to save us- a son who left us with the Spirit at Pentecost. Each of us become adopted sons and daughters of God when we aloud this spirit of God to lead us. This is the same spirit that we received initially at baptism. Like in the Gospel of today, we all were baptized not only with water, but in the name of God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:16-20).  We want not only to read the fruit of this spirit but we want this spirit to lead us always, even as we bring others to catholic faith by our words and deeds. This is why Paul says, today, ‘brothers a sisters, those who are lead by the Spirit of God are sons (and daughters) of God… the spirit of adoption” (Rom 8:14-17).

We also become God’s children and Christ’s brothers and sisters by adopting and adapting his values of peace, unity, faith, prayer, love, obedience and complete self-surrendering, which Mary the Mother of Christ also stood for this even in the magnificat  Luke 1:39-56). She once  said to the Angel  "how can this be since I do not know any man." But at the end the day, she said,  "do  with we me whatever thou wilt". How many times did Christ not pray in every step of the way during his ministry? In the last discourse in John 17 he prayed ‘that they may all be one.” Did Christ ever disobey his father? Did Christ ever doubt what his father can do?  How many times did he not completely empty himself and surrendered himself to the Father, even up to the cross? It was never about himself, his will, but always the will of the Father. He said “into your hands I commend my spirit.”

 I think if there is anything we want to take home today from this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity it is faith not doubt, unity not division, hope not despair, trust rather than distrust and total acceptance of the will God, especially in moments of temptations and lack of intelligible explanations to certain circumstances of our lives.   You and I know that sometimes when one door closes another opens. Even in sickness and other tragedies of live we can always trust God’s loving acts, and says the Psalmist, “May your love and kindness be upon us, as we place all our hope in you’ (ps 33:22). The mystery of God’s love!