Saturday, June 14, 2014

Homily (2) the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year A: Michael U. Udoekpo

Homily (2) the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year A: Michael U. Udoekpo
Readings: Exod 34:4b-6, 8-9; Dan 3:52-55; 2 Cor 13:11-13 and John 3:16-18

Three persons in the God who saves

After the Pentecost three Solemnities are celebrated in quick successions:  the Holy Trinity, the Body of Christ and the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, three persons in one God which we celebrate today, is the central mystery of our Christian faith. And this occurs also on the day we celebrate Father’s Day here in the United States.

Preaching on this mystery could be very challenging to preachers and to all of us Christians. Sometimes this apparent difficulties can lead many preachers to digress into endless stories or to simply go back to the notes they took in their theology class on the Doctrine of the most Trinity.
But keeping to the boundaries of the Scriptures readings of today, what we celebrate today is the mystery of love, the mystery of hope, unity, peace, the power of forgiveness and revelation of God’s infinite love and mercy.

 In the first reading, the Triune God, with Moses’ intercession reaches out in love to the sinful Israelite, who had committed idolatry. He is slow to anger, rich in kindness and fidelity (Exod 34:4b-6, 8-9). The goal of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is always to love and to unite us instead of scattering – the communion, the oneness which Christ has always taught us in his deep relationship with the Father. In John chapter 1 verse 1 we read,” in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God.” And in verse 14 we are told the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

This is a God out of pure love coming down in the person of Christ to dwell with us and to enlighten us in our businesses and in our relationship with our neighbors.  In the completion of his ministry which Christ carried out in total communion with the Father, he sent us the Holy Spirit that was with him in the beginning of his ministry “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Luke 4), a spirit of peace, and love.

It is the same peace of the Triune God that Paul suggests in the Second reading. He says, “Mend your way, encourage one another, agree with one another, and live in peace. This is what we are celebrating today- how more than one person can live in peace.

It is not even suggested anywhere that God the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit went to court, quarrel or dislike each other. Rather “God so loved the world the he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life….and be saved.” (John 3:3-18).
Today we celebrate father’s day in our nation. As we celebrate the mystery of the Most holy trinity, it is important too to think of the mystery of fatherhood, who they are called to be, they role the play in our various families. There are many blessings that God has blessed our fathers with.  Our fathers are called to love, to protect and nature members of their families. Our fathers are also called to rise to their responsibility of fostering oneness and unity in the family, in the church, in society and in politics. Some of those who make decisions in our parliaments and in the in the government are father. Our fathers called to be patient, protecting, loving, caring, understanding like Joseph in the family of Jesus and Mary.

  Our world is  socially, spiritually, economically and politically broken today. Let us pray at this Mass that as the three persons are united in One God to save us, we may always as a world, the church and families strive for oneness, unity, with the grace of Christ, the love of God and fellowship of the Holy Spirit.