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Trinity: God is love

Commentary on the Gospel of Sunday, May 26, 2024. SS. Trinity

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Mons. Francesco Follo

(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 23.05.2024).- Commentary on the Gospel of Sunday, May 26, 2024. SS. Trinity

God is love.

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity that dwells in our hearts.

The dogma of the Trinity is not the result of mythological fantasies or of abstract philosophical meditations. Neither it is a cold theological formulation which offers the pretext of saying that the Trinity is a mystery so detached from our life that more than one Christian feels empowered to ignore it. The Trinity is a great Mystery, which overcomes our mind, but that speaks deeply to our heart, because in its essence it is nothing else than the explication of the expression of St. John: «God is love» (1 Jn 4, 8. 16).

It is the heart that supports the mind in believing that God is

–  the Creator and the merciful Father,

–  the Only Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, dead and risen for us,

–  the Holy Spirit that moves everything, cosmos and history, towards the full final recapitulation. Three Persons who are one God because the Father is love, the Son is love and the Spirit is love. God is all and only love, pure, infinite and eternal love.

By revealing this mystery of God-Love, Jesus, the Son of God, made us know the Father who is in Heaven and has given us the Holy Spirit, the Love of the Father and of the Son. Therefore, «the Trinity is a communion of divine Persons who are one with the other, one for the other, one in the other. This communion is the life of God, the mystery of love of the Living God» (Pope Francis).

In addition to the teaching of the Pope, I am also helped by an image taken from Saint Catherine di Siena. This great holy woman uses a simple and illuminating image: that of the fish that lives and moves in the waters of the boundless sea. The fish lives in water and of water, and the water enters in it. This little creature does not know how big, powerful and beneficial is the element in which he lives; however, it is in in the sea that the fish lives, plays, grows and multiplies.

Similarly, the same thing happens to man in front of the Mystery of God Trinity. The human being is too small to understand it, however, by grace, the life of God flows in him, by grace God bends over him and speaks to him with the tenderness of the Father, the confidence of the Brother, and the strength of Love. While remaining mysterious, the reality of love of the One and Triune God envelops the person who lives in it and lives of it. Therefore, the liturgy of this solemnity, while making us contemplate the stupendous mystery from which we come and towards which we are going, renews for us the mission of living in communion with God and in communion among us on the model of divine communion.

This entails accepting and witnessing together the beauty of the Gospel and living with one another, one for the other, one of the heart of the other. In this way, we will reflect the splendor and love of the Trinity and we will be missionaries of charity with the power of God’s love that dwells within us.

The Church as a missionary pilgrim of love.

Indeed, the Christian is missionary by nature. The Gospel of this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity also reminds us of this. In the third reading (the Gospel) the Church makes us listen to the passage that tells of the risen Jesus who appears on a mountain to his disciples and says: «Go therefore and make disciples all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything what I have commanded you «(Mt 28, 19-20).

Let us take seriously the invitation that Christ renews to us today, accepting and taking the Gospel of love into the world.

In fact, Christians are not so much proclaimers of a discourse as they are of the One who has words of eternal life in Love.

The God/ Love revealed by Jesus is not a philosophical-theological principle to be believed. He is not the most perfect God who, from his cold isolation, commands precepts to be observed. He is not even the «god» of a religiosity put at our service to get out of our failures, our incapacities or our fears. God is a mystery of relationship, of communion: an infinite relationship of love, of true love, of love that gives itself totally. We have been created by this love and out of love, «we were created in the image of divine communion» (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 178). We are called to be missionaries of this communion of love. This mystery of love is concrete and close to us more than we think, and we live it in practice when, especially in the most important or critical moments in which we mostly need God, we make the sign of the cross. Marking ourselves with this holy sign, almost without being fully aware of it, we invoke God One and Triune saying: «In the name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit». Not only do we invoke God Trinity to help us, but we praise him with the prayer «Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit … Amen» that Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Missionary of Charity in name and in fact, often said in this way: «Glory to the Father-Prayer, and to the Son-Poverty, and to the Holy Spirit-Zeal for souls. Amen-Maria. »

 The Trinity and the Consecrated Virgins.

Saint Teresa of Avila describes the understanding and the existential value of this Mystery speaking of her spiritual journey that has developed in the direction of «loving tenderness». Christ has led her to the Father and has entrusted her to the Holy Spirit, and Teresa has «experienced» the mystery of the three divine Persons: a paternal person who attracts, embraces, comforts and solicits; a spiritual person who warms her and captivates her inwardly while the filial person of Christ continues to invite and prepare Teresa for the mystical marriage that was celebrated in the Carmel of Avila during Mass on November 18, 1572.

The lives of the consecrated Virgins in the world continue in their own way the experience of this great Spanish Saint. With a complete gift of themselves in the hands of the Bishop, these women testify in a special way the Trinitarian dimension of Christian life.

In fact, virginity is in some ways the deification of man: «One cannot make better praise of virginity except by showing that it deifies those who participate in its pure mysteries to the point of making them in communion with the glory of God, the only truly holy and immaculate, admitting them in his own familiarity through purity and incorruptibility «(Saint Gregory of Nyssa, De Virginitate, 1, 1-2, 256 s.).

Therefore, virginity originates from the Trinity and lives in the Trinity, linked as it is to the generation of the Son by the Father and brought as a gift to men by the Word, who comes into the world in the same way as it is generated by the Father, virginally by a Virgin. This is how in the Christian, virginity produces effects like those that occurred «in Mary, the Immaculate, when all the fullness of the divinity that was in Christ shone in her (…). Jesus no longer comes with his physical presence, but lives spiritually in us and, with him, brings us the Father «(Ibid, 2).

It is clear that this ideal of life characterized by spiritual virginity is proposed to all Christians, even to the married one, as a requirement of perfection. But Saint Gregory and the other Fathers of the Church clearly see that whoever chooses virginity, abstaining from marriage and imitating Jesus and Mary, rediscovers the original integrity in which man was created or, as the holy bishop of Nyssa says, the condition of «the first man in his first life» (Ibid, 12, 4. 4; 416 s).

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