The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity



 “Today is the Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity. The light of Eastertide and of Pentecost renews in us every year the joy and amazement of faith: let us recognize that God is not something vague, our God is not a God “spray”, he is tangible; he is not abstract but has a name: “God is love”. His is not a sentimental, emotional kind of love but the love of the Father who is the origin of all life, the love of the Son who dies on the Cross and is raised, the love of the Spirit who renews human beings and the world. Thinking that God is love does us so much good, because it teaches us to love, to give ourselves to others as Jesus gave himself to us and walks with us. Jesus walks beside us on the road through life.”

We can celebrate this great solemnity, not by thinking about or arguing about concepts about how the Trinity works, but by opening our hearts to a deeper relationship with our God, who is love. We can have a relationship with each of the Persons in the Trinity. It can be a day of gifts which bring us closer to our origin, our salvation and our life together in community for others.

The Entrance Antiphon for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity says, “Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has shown us his merciful love.”


Pope Francis

PENTECOST SUNDAY


After the fast of Lent we pull out all stops to celebrate this most joyful season in the liturgical year. The fifty days of Easter come to an end with Pentecost. We’ve celebrated in many ways, singing Alleluias, sprinkling water to remember our baptism, lighting the Easter candle and displaying it. Now the Easter season draws to an end.
Pentecost is primarily a feast celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Spirit is at the heart of our transformation through baptism, where we receive the Spirit. Pentecost is a celebration of God indwelling the church. Jesus ascends the sign of the end of his earthly ministry, and then the disciples experience Pentecost, the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the upper room. They go forth to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection.
The flames part and come to rest on the disciples, and we hear “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be moved to speech – to proclaiming God’s presence in our lives and God’s message to our world.
Throughout this day and the weeks ahead, let us not lose our grasp on our Easter joy, our sense of God’s presence with us. Increase your awareness of what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to live with the understanding that God is truly with us.