HOMILY FOR HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY YR A
During the Season of Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates four important feasts called solemnities. These feasts highlight the centrality of the Paschal Mystery and enable us to deepen some aspects of it (cf. Roman Missal). There are:
- Holy Trinity
- The Body and Blood of Christ
- The Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Christ the Universal King
The Sunday after Pentecost is devoted to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Three persons, one God. Equal in majesty, undivided in unity. Technically, it’s called Holy Trinity Sunday . It’s a celebration that gives us the rare privilege to learn and understand that the three persons in one God live in a communion of love and thus, draws our attention to the reality that, inspite of our diversity we can still be united. We can live together in love and peace. This is the onus or focal point of today’s celebration that, We can all be one.
The first reading from the book of Exodus 34:4-6,8-9 tells us that being one inspite of our diversity is only possible when we embrace the God of the Covenant and model his qualities: Mercy, graciousness, slow to anger, steadfast love and faithfulness. St. Paul in the second reading exhorts us to mend our ways, heed his appeal, agree with one another, and live in peace. In this way the God of love and peace whom the Gospel reading tells us, sent His Son to redeem the world out of love will be with us.
How timely is this celebration of love. How timely is this message of togetherness, oneness and communion. For today, our world is torn to pieces by racism; the death of George Floyd and the situation in the United States of America speaks volumes. George Floyd is only an example of what is happening in other parts of the world. In our country Nigeria, tribalism and sectionalism caused by our multi-culturality and diversity are in high rate. We have developed speed and barricaded our world with greed. The technological inventions like the computer systems and telephones that should bring us together are instead tearing us apart. Machines that should bring us abundance have left us in want. We have become machine people, with machine minds and machine hearts. We think so much and feel too little. Yet, the very nature of these inventions cry for Universal brotherhood. We can all be one
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lesson that we need each other to stand. Here the words of President Nelson Mandela are true: We can live together as friends or perish together as fools. Yes, we can all be one
- We are born differently, but we can all be one.
*We have different backgrounds and home training, but we can all be one.
*We are from different tribes, having different cultures, speaking different dialects and languages, but we can all be one.
*We are of different complexion (white and black, fair and dark), even this doesn’t matter, we can still be one.
There are three persons, one God; we are many but we can all be one!
Let us pray that the Holy Trinity may build a home in us that we may join them in a life of communion and Solidarity with others, until all peoples of the world are gathered together as the new Family of God. Amen!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit….
Good morning and Happy Trinity Sunday!