The Most Holy Trinity
Today in our gospel on this Trinity Sunday, we hear Jesus say in John’s gospel to his disciples, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” Was Jesus’ message just one stage, or was it the climax and conclusion of what God has to say to the world? Has Jesus already said all that there is to say? Is there a later prophet who is to come such as the way that Islam believes that Muhammad came later when God revealed the full revelation to him after Jesus?
In truth, God never stops communicating with his people. God communicates his love shared among his three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The life and love of the Trinity extends into our life. We are brought into the life of the Trinity at our Baptism and this life is strengthened in the gift of Confirmation. God gives and gives and gives to us with the great desire that we repent, throw aside our selfish ways, and follow him. God so badly wants us to share his life.
Jesus says just prior to this passage during the Last Supper, “I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). So he really did bring the whole of the Father’s message. He is the beloved Son in whose person God has made his greatest gift to the world. Only we are too small to be able to grasp it in its entirety right away. Our hearts are not yet large enough to accept the whole of his gift.
That is why Jesus promised that he would send us his Spirit, to lead us, step by step, deeper and deeper into the truth. Bit by bit, the Holy Spirit makes our hearts bigger and more spacious, so that we may gradually perceive what Jesus means for us. God’s method in doing this is not by using force, but by patiently guiding and leading us on, drawing us more and more into his life. One day, perhaps not until the Last Day, we will see how very much God truly loves us.
May God bless all Father’s on this Father’s Day!