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Doctrines & Morals

The Most Holy Trinity, the undivided Unity

Deut. 4:32-34.39-40, Rom. 8:14-17, Mt. 28:16-20. Today, the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the central mysteries of our faith. This Solemnity invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed Himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons. In today’s Gospel, the eleven disciples went to the mountaintop in Galilee, as Jesus had instructed. They see Jesus and they worship and doubt at the same time. Jesus approaches them and commissions them to baptise and teach. It is a task for which Jesus previously prepared His disciples; recall that Jesus had already sent the twelve Apostles to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal. Yet earlier, the Twelve were sent only to the House of Israel; in this final commission, the eleven were told to go to all nations. The mission of Jesus is now to be taken to all people and the task is to baptise and to teach.

Jesus commissions His disciples to baptise in the name of the Trinity; this is one of the clearest attestations for Baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity found in the Scriptures. Other New Testament references to Baptism, describe it as being celebrated in the name of Jesus. As we read this Gospel on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are reminded that this central mystery of faith is meant to be lived. As baptised Christians, we share in the life of the blessed Trinity and seek to invite others to share in God’s love. What we celebrate today is a model for our unity as Christians. We have many lessons to learn from the Holy Trinity. The most important is that, like the Holy Trinity, we can live and work together as one family of God because we bear one and the same image of God and were baptised by the same Spirit of God whose mark we bear (Eph. 4:30). So, in spite of our individual personalities and differences, unity is possible and is a fundamental option. Hence, today’s celebration has much to teach us about unity in our relationships, friendships, marriages, families and communities. It also reminds us that in spite of our different talents, gifts, social and economic levels, we can live and work together for our salvation and salvation of the world.

May the Lord help us to appreciate each others' gift in spite of our differences and allow our life to be modelled after the oneness of the Blessed Trinity! Amen!! Good morning and happy Sunday!!!

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