DateDescriptionHomilist
2021-05-30Holy TrinityRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.


I remember my brother asking my mom when he was a small child whether it was true that God is everywhere. And I remember my mom replying, "Didn`t you learn that in catechism class?" My brother said yes. And my mom replied, "It`s true that God is everywhere."" My brother was holding an empty soda bottle. He peered inside it and then quickly put his hand over the top and shouted, "gotcha, God.""

Sometimes I think we try to capture God and bottle God up into our own categories. It doesn`t work. The mystery of God is always beyond our understanding.

Trinity is a theological term that we use to explain the three operations of our God in Scripture; God as Father, God as Son and God as Holy Spirit.

Each one of us here today is known in a variety of ways ourselves. For example, I am known as a priest, a son, an employee, a citizen and a friend.

Or how about if I use the example of electricity. Electricity can heat a home, it can provide light and it can be an invisible link between a television studio and a television set a thousand miles away. It is the same power but it operates in different ways.

There are other parallels to the Trinity and our own lives. Let`s say that you were asked to write a play. First, you have to have an idea for the play in your mind and then your ideas would have to become words (incarnate words) and finally the spirit of your ideas and your words would be conveyed by actors on the stage.

Here's another attempt at trying to understand the mystery of the Trinity. Suppose you were in a dark room and you heard a noise. Your first question would be, "what is that?"" The "what" question was an attempt to find out the nature of what was in the room with you. Was it an animal, a dog, a cat or was it a human being? Once you realized it was a human being, the obvious question would be "who" is it?

What we are talking about today is God. Who is God? God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You might say we have one what (God) and three who`s (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

God is so great that He must be described in different ways. It is Jesus who gives us the key to understanding.

It is Jesus who tells us about His Father in heaven. And when Jesus leaves the earth and ascends back to heaven, He tells his friends and disciples that He will not leave them alone. He says that his spirit will remain with them and with us and His church, no matter how tough the going gets in our lives.

Because it is through Him and with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours Almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.

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