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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The hunger for beauty, truth, goodness and community leads us to the Trinity

‘…I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race.’

On June 16, we celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith, the Most Holy Trinity. The Church gives us the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity in order to put into context all of creation and all of redemption.

The bottom line is simply that the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity conspired to create and redeem mankind in order to invite mankind into the community of the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to rejoice in that community for all eternity.

The first reading states: “Thus says the wisdom of God: ‘The Lord possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of along ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth.’”

Here we have an uncreated presence, delighting in what God was creating. The mysterious figure of wisdom, which always existed, seems to have been involved in the creation of the world. This figure rejoiced at the beauty of all that was created. “I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race.”

Did you ever ask yourself, “From where does love of beauty, goodness and truth come?” When God created Adam and Eve, He “saw that it was good.” God placed into the hearts of all mankind a love for beauty, truth, goodness and community. When we search for these qualities, we always find God. When we search for these gifts, we always find that they come from the community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The hunger for beauty, truth, goodness and community always leads us to the truth of the Most Holy Trinity. If we don’t pursue our hunger for beauty, truth and goodness, we lose our way; Our spirits have no goal; We flounder in a meaningless drift.

This is what happens to us when we break relationships with others because of sin. We separate ourselves from them and from God the creator. When we enter into deep love relationships, we enter more deeply into the heart of God, the heart of the Most Blessed Trinity.

When alienated from others because of sin, we have a savior who has come to reconcile us. He has far more mercy than we have sins. Nothing delights Him more than when we come to Him for healing and reconciliation. While walking on this earth, He was attracted to meeting with sinners. Sinners sought Him out because they wanted relief. They knew they were called to search for peace and found it in His words.

Every time we seek reconciliation with others and healing for ourselves, we give glory to the Most Holy Trinity. Their goodness is released in our lives and this brings Them exquisite joy! “There is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents…” In a sense we replicate in our lives the peace of heaven.

In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that, “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”

Paul says: “…we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Paul tells us that suffering for the faith is its own reward because it unites us more closely to the God who is alive in us through the Holy Spirit.

In the Gospel, Jesus tries to console His apostles because He knows that within 24 hours He will be dead, and they will feel very much alone. However, He tells them “But when He comes, the Spirit of truth, He will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.”

This promised gift of the Holy Spirit will remind them of everything He has taught them, and will help them understand His teachings in a way that nurtures their relationships with their God and with each other.

Hence, this solemnity is a time to celebrate the community of the most Holy Trinity in Whom we have been created, through Whom we have been redeemed, and through Whom we shall one day be glorified and live for all eternity.

It behooves us to take some time to express our gratitude to this First Family Who created us in love, redeemed us in love, and sanctifies us in love. We would do well to reflect how much the Father, Son and Holy Spirit delight in those who respond to the invitation to repent and to love. We look upon ourselves through the eyes of our sins. They look upon us through the lens of our calling through Jesus Christ. When the Father and the Holy Spirit look down upon us, they see Jesus.

It would be a blessing for us to return the favor and see Jesus who constantly picks us up when we fall and cleanses us in His love. Happy is the person who delights in the Most Holy Trinity.

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