HOMILY: FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY 2020
Pope Francis had released His press statement in connection with the US police brutality that claimed the life of a certain George Floyd which created an offshoot of violent protests taking place in different cities throughout the world. “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form. At the same time, we have to recognize that violence is self- destructive and self- defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us pray for reconciliation and peace. Amidst division and violence among humanity He is calling to pray so that we can restore peace, harmony and unity among the peoples.
We are now on the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time and we are celebrating the Feast of the Holy Trinity. We profess that there are three divine persons in One God, the FATHER, creator of heaven and earth; JESUS CHRIST THE SON, Redeemer of the world and THE HOLY SPIRIT, the giver of life. The Catholic Church teaches that Divine Trinity is a “mystery” which can never be known unless they are revealed by God. She declares: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. She also teaches that the Holy Trinity is indeed perfect Unity. The element that bound them together absolutely is the power of love. The Father loves so much the Son that He gave all power and dominion in which Jesus Christ reciprocated complete obedience to the Father in which the Holy Spirit is the fruit of that perfect love. It is the idea of unity that we can particularly learn from today’s celebration. God’s ultimate desire is to be intimately one with humanity. According to the gospel “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him did not perish but have eternal life”. God is overflowing with love. The nature of love is like a stream, it flows freely to lower valleys. God loves us so much that He gave us His most precious possession by sending His only begotten son into the world. Unconditional love unites God with us. God is inviting us to respond freely and joyfully to the love of God by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour so that we can receive and participate in the life and unity of the trinity.
Listening makes us in communion with God and with another. Saint Paul made his appeal to the Corinthians to heed the word of God. To listen to God is to welcome the word of God in our lives. Let us allow the Holy Trinity to penetrate our hearts because it will certainly grant us power to live together in harmony, peace and love. Peace and unity in the world, in our community and in our family can only be possibly achieved when we are willing to listen to one another. Talking without listening is divisive but listening before talking creates dialogue and invites openness.
Begging for God’s mercy and forgiving one another strengthen our intimacy with God and builds our relationship with one another. Reconciliation can only be realized when we are aware of our sinfulness against God and our neigbours. Authentic reconciliation requires humility. This virtue helps us restore a harmonious relationship. As we enter into the new normal stage, being allowed to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, let us feel the warmth of His love and resign our weaknesses to Him so that we can gradually establish this long awaited peace and harmony among us.