June 15, 2014
Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday, which is the Feast of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is at the very heart of our Christian belief. Our entire Christian faith holds on the mystery of one God and three persons.
Last week, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the feast in which the Christian faith became available to all the cultures of the world; the feast in which diversity became one of the fundamental characteristics of our faith. Our Church is made up of people who are part of many different cultures, languages and traditions but all of them believe and profess in one God and three persons.
The feast of the Holy Trinity adds other essential characteristics to our faith, that God is community, God is communication, and God is relationship. There are many ways of explaining the mystery of the Trinity but I choose the explanation of the early fathers of the Church. They use a relational model; that is, discovering the presence of the Trinity in our relationship to nature, to others, and in the dynamics of these interrelations. The relational model relates very much with my personal experienced as an indigenous person.
I ask myself, where do we find the presence of God the Father? I answer, in the creation. The creation is the first book to know and to enter in relationship with God. In the immensity of the created world we discovered the handiwork of the Father. The psalmist expresses: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; …I discovered that you are my sovereign O Lord.”
The scientific advancements of our times tried to resolve the mystery of our micro world: the study of atoms, protons, neutrons, mapping our DNA, studying a cure for cancer and AIDS, these discoveries brought more appreciation for life but didn’t solve the mystery. The astronomers studied our macro world, discovering new stars and planets; but the more they study more mysteries are unsolved. This brings to our attention that mystery is part of our life.
God as Father is not merely our creator, but also he is the all-caring Daddy as Jesus called him. He provides us our needs through the fruits of the earth. Everything that we need comes from nature, the earth, the environment. Therefore our relationship with nature is sacred because nature reveals to us God’s presence and his bountiful love for us. This challenges our current relationship with nature as the unlimited source of goods to a more caring relationship. It brings forth our awareness of the environment as God’s manifestation. It is time to change our relation with the creation.
I ask myself, where do we find God the Son? I answer, in Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Mary. In Jesus of Nazareth God was made one of us. God as Son helps us to appreciate that just as he came to share fully in human nature as the Son of Mary, we, humans, share in the nature of God. In Christ we became divine, children of God and heirs of the Kingdom. Therefore, each one of us is another Christ. This approach challenges our relationship with others as mere beings, because in the eyes of God each one of us is precious and noble. Acknowledging the presence of the other as another Christ brings awareness for human rights, human dignity and respect for life. As Christ gave his life for his friends, so we are called to give our lives for our families and our community.
Finally, where do we experience the presence of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is the source of all kinds of love. We experience the spirit in our relationship with God, with others and with nature. The spirit is the very breath of our lives. It is love that we give and receive. The Spirit is God within us and among us; it is the power of love and compassion that transforms our lives. The Spirit is the engine and inspiration of our world and our community life. It is the dynamics that bring us together to praise God.
Since the Spirit is the communication of love, we are called to revise our relationship with God, with others and to nature: from a self centered and individualistic relationship to a more community oriented relationship. From a demanding and consumerist relationship to a more personal relationship with people around us.
Faith is a gift and a mystery. Our faith in the Trinity is a gift of God. Today we thank God for that gift and ask that we may become more aware of God’s presence in our lives and our relations. Let us ask the presence of the Trinity to be close to us more than ever, so that our lives may be full of God’s blessing.