Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity; Sunday, May 31, 2015

Years ago, a homilist likened the Blessed Trinity to Neapolitan ice cream:  chocolate, strawberry, vanilla all contained in one carton.  Hearing that, I was intrigued how creatively and simply this homilist handled a Mystery so seemingly beyond reach and over our heads.

Like Neapolitan ice cream, each person within the Trinity has a particular ‘flavor’ if you will, within the One Reality God is:  Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  As those three flavors folded within one carton relate to each other in complimentary ways, so too God.

Granted, the word “Trinity” is nowhere found in Scripture as a Christian fundamentalist I worked with years ago reminded me.  It’s a word the early church coined when grappling with God’s nature in se.  The word is not in the Bible; yet the reality is.  Listen to St. Paul’s words to the church at Corinth: 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!  (2 Corinthians 13: 13)

On this Solemnity, what we celebrate is God’s very nature in relation to us as well:  the grace, love and fellowship (or communion) that impacts our lives and this world in which we live.  At the heart of God, there is community and relational life as the Abbot of my monastic community reminded us one Trinity Sunday years ago.   Community and relational life make God ‘tick’.  They make us ‘tick’ as well, for without community of some kind—without relational life—we could not exist, grow, or learn forgiveness.

Community and relational life are at the heart of the Gospel, too.  They make its message tick within a world grown old with sin and its alienating nature.  Listen to Pope Francis:

At the very heart of the Gospel is community and engagement with others…centered in charity. 

                                                                                       (“The Joy of the Gospel”, p. 89)


So, when we live the Gospel in this manner and within the church, we mirror to others the gift of the Trinity:  God’s very nature, and our own.


Father Tim Clark, Pastor


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