Trinity – Happy Family
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Bottom Line: Because God’s family is such a happy family, God wants to share the happiness of that family with us. God invites us to belong. This happened firstly when we were created in the image and likeness of God, and secondly when we were baptised and became sons and daughters of God. That can roll off the tongue so easily, “sons and daughters of God“, but we need to stop and think about it.
Father Martino Nguyễn Bá Thông (Saint Anne Catholic Church – Columbus, GA)
TRINITY – Year B (2009)
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
One of the greatest and happiest moments of a parents is when their baby is born. As soon as the baby comes out from the mother womb, he of she greets the world and especially the parents in his or her own special way! “crying”! My dad was not around when I was born. I cried but he did not hear me. He was far way, in the Communist Prison, for his co-operation with the American backed up government in South Vietnam. However, no matter what circumstances we are in, we all want to have a family – a happy one!
We like to belong. We like to belong to a family, to a parish, to a community. No one live for and by her/himself. We need love, support and friendship of others in our family and community. Not only do we like to belong, we need to belong. We cannot bear isolation. It is not good to be alone. When we move into an area we would love to see people made us welcome, as I am experiencing that warm welcome from all of you here at St. Anne’s. No one wants to have a feeling of an outsider. We all want to belong. Belong to an earthly family and looking forward to belong to the Heavenly Family – God’s Family!
Over the past two thousand years, many have tried to explain the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, “how there could be Three Divine Presences but One God”, all having done so without success, and I am not trying to do it today. It appears that this mystery is the greatest of all mysteries within the Holy Catholic Church, the one that just cannot be penetrated. So how do we explain the Blessed Trinity?
Before the time of Jesus people called God, “Yahweh”. Yahweh is the name given to God very often in the Old Testament. When Moses saw the bush burning and asked God for his name. “Yahweh” was the name God gave himself. We sometimes sing that beautiful hymn, “Yahweh, I know you are near.” Then Jesus came and we knew that there were two persons in God. Before Jesus ascended he promised the Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost so we then we knew there were three persons in God. God is a Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Three in one – the happiest of families. They are totally united in love for each other. The Father loves the Son, and the Son loves the Father. We call this love of the Father for the Son, and the love of the Son for the Father, the Holy Spirit.
Because God’s family is such a happy family, God wants to share the happiness of that family with us. God invites us to belong. This happened firstly when we were created in the image and likeness of God, and secondly when we were baptised and became sons and daughters of God. That can roll off the tongue so easily, “sons and daughters of God“, but we need to stop and think about it. (stop) Imagine, you are sons and daughters of God! We belong to God. Jesus is the Son of God, and we are also a son or daughter of God. What does that mean? It means Jesus is our brother! His father is also our father, Abba, our Daddy. We belong to that GREAT FAMILY – God’s family. Since our baptism we belong to the family of the Trinity.
If we are the son or daughter of a rich father we would expect our father to leave us something in his will. We would then be called an heir. We are all sons and daughters of a rich father. He is the richest of fathers. He is a multi-billionaire. There is no end to the riches he has, because he is the CREATOR, the SOURCE of ALL riches. And because we are his sons or daughters since baptism we will inherit his riches. We are heirs to God’s riches. Our second reading today states, “And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ…” What will we inherit? We will inherit riches so unimaginable that will make all the riches of this world put together seem like nothing. The riches of heaven will show that all the materialism of our culture is foolishness. We think this is important (holding up money) but instead this is what is really important (holding up baptism cert), our baptism cert. The baptism cert is a copy what the Parish Priest wrote in the Register of Baptisms on the day you were baptised. This (money) is worth only £20, but this (baptism cert) is priceless. It shows you belong to the family of the Trinity.
With the Sign of the Cross, we trace the Trinity on ourselves, says David Walker. We bring God into our minds first. Then we bring the Trinity down to our hearts. And, with our hearts filled with compassion, we move the Trinity across our bodies to our shoulders and arms to better bear the burdens of our fellows.
We open each Liturgy invoking the Trinity. We close it by calling upon and receiving the blessings from those same Persons. Throughout the Christian world today, infants, who were quick enough to avoid abortion, will be received into our community through Baptism in the name of the Trinity into the arms of the mysterious Trinity.
Since the day we were baptised we belong to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How privileged we are to grow up in such a beautiful family. We should turn to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in prayer every moment. Don’t be afraid to show to the people that we belong to that great family, wherever we are, at home or dining out! Give thanks to the Trinity always: in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong