“Trinity Sunday” by Fr. EJ

The fullness of redemption is to be found in the Spirit. The Spirit completes the mystery of creation and redemption, guiding us into “all truth”, bringing us all together.

After the cycle of Feasts celebrating the events and phases of Christ’s life among us, the liturgy moves into “ordinary time” But it passes through two transition Sundays: Trinity Sunday this week, and Corpus Christi next week. Ordinary time means living in “the sphere of God’s grace, where we now stand.” And it means gathering around the Eucharist to deepen our true identity, our relationship to the mystery of our redemption and to one another and the world.

What is clearly the formulated mystery of the Trinity is not found in the readings and this lack makes us wonder what the doctrine of the Trinity means and particularly what it means for us. What these readings convey is that it means for us a world transformed into a sphere of grace, the guidance of spirit of truth, and the providence of God’s own wisdom at all times.

The passage about wisdom in the book of Proverbs, is wisdom personified, a maternal figure. The text is at pain to tell us wisdom is at the source and patterns of creation. It is quoted with law of God (Torah) revealed to Israel. In Christian thought, it points to Jesus as the wisdom of God – Jesus is the same at the heart of all creation, accessible to all in the sphere of God’s grace.

In Paul’s thought (second reading) we are justified through faith brought into the realm of faith. This kind of wisdom and transforming love seems to be what Jesus promises to His disciples. In His farewell address Jesus signified to where the disciples are going. So we ask where do you find our orientation? And the answer is: the fullness of redemption is to be found in the Spirit. The Spirit completes the mystery of creation and redemption, guiding us into “all truth”, bringing us all together.

Although the scriptures do not give us a formulation of Trinitarian doctrine as such, the Scripture leads us to come to terms with the Paradox of God who is intimately known yet never comprehended, so intimately present, yet always transcendent. Such is our God, so profoundly mysterious yet dwells in our hearts – Tenere me ama!

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