Community of the Trinity

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 05/28/2015

in Easter

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity–Cycle B
May 31, 2015

“Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always.”
(Matthew 28:19-20)

Community of the Trinity

An unknown author to me entitled a commentary on today’s reading, “THE MYSTERY OF GOD TOTALLY EXPLAINED.” My immediate thought zeroed in on a story about St. Augustine. One day walking along a beach, Augustine noticed a little boy. He had dug a hole in the sand. The tot then ran into the ocean, filled his little bucket, ran back to the hole and poured in the water. This action was repeated over and over again. Curious Augustine asked, “What are you doing?” The youngster replied, “I’m going to put the whole ocean in this hole I dug!” Augustine replied, “You can’t do that! It’s impossible!” Then, “Out of the mouth of babes,” the boy said to Augustine,

“And you cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain.”

Who is this Trinity God? How can there be but one God, yet three persons in God? Sages throughout the ages, as well as theologians and scientists, have ruminated over this mystery. Their little brains have come up with knowledge of God, symbols of the Trinity, and mystic musicians have sung melodies to this mysterious Godhead—yet none have totally explained or answered the question, “How can there be three persons in one God?”

Here is a reflection—not the answer. God is love. Love leads to relationships. Relationships lead to community. So I think in order to know who God is, go to Jesus. Jesus not only came to save humanity; he also showed us the Faces of God.

First build a relationship with the God who made us in his image. Jesus is the image of God as we are to be. You don’t build relationships with your brain, but with your heart. So you don’t go to books, but to the Word of God. There are so many clues of God in Scripture that make our hearts burn within us. Didn’t Jesus tell us, “I call you friends?” When the two of you meet through prayer, don’t bring a book with you! Bring your heart. Tell your friend how you love them. Let them know your joys and sorrows, your dreams and your tomorrows. The longer you spend this kind of time with Jesus, your relationship will deepen and you’ll find yourself, sitting with Jesus, just looking at Him and He looking at you. Then He will tell you the truth, and you will finally understand how much the Godhead loves you with an everlasting love.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How have you come to grips with this mystery?
  2. How do you build relationships?
  3. When does community emerge?
  4. Ask a child “Who is God?”
  5. When is the last time you sat with the Lord as a friend?
  6. Who might help you most in this mystery of Trinity? Why?

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Valerie May 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

This just made me SMILE!

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Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND September 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Val, it is always good to see a smiling face. Especially yours. Auntie Julie

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Sr. Kathleen Tobin May 29, 2015 at 9:43 am

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
Greetings! Not exactly a poem, but I think that you sent out a beautiful reflection. It reminds me of the time we last drove together and shared along the way without books or references.
Sister Kathleen

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