The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity has a number of personal connections for me. I grew up playing many sports and today I enjoy watching live events on TV (when not in the middle of a pandemic). For those fans who watch football games, you will frequently see someone holding a sign behind the end zone goalposts that says “JOHN 3:16”. I’m sure most fans watching the game pay more attention to the field goal or extra point being successful than to the sign, but for those of us who recognize that Bible reference, we know it’s the greatest reminder of God’s love for us. In the words of St. John, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” And not only did God give us his only Son over 2,000 years ago, we as Catholics are able to partake of the Body of Christ at Mass. During the Consecration, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. When we receive Holy Communion, we share in his Body, Soul and Divinity, knowing He will be with us until the end of time.
The second connection I have to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is that my older sister attended Holy Trinity High School in New York, and many years later, I attended Trinity High School in Pennsylvania. These affiliations have been a constant reminder to me of God being one in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In fact, my high school mascot was a Shamrock, and to this day I have to correct my classmates who use a four-leaf clover symbol rather than a 3-leaf shamrock, which was purposely selected to reflect the Most Holy Trinity. Today, as we profess our faith in our Triune God, who has loved us so completely from the beginning of creation, let’s thank him for the gift of his love and friendship that he offers us every day through his Son, Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit.
The final connection has to do with the painting on the far left front wall in our own St. Augustine Church. It is from a story about St. Augustine, who was walking along the beach one morning, trying to understand the mystery of the Trinity. Suddenly he saw a little boy playing on the beach. The boy had made a hole in the sand and was walking back and forth between the hole and the sea. He held a little shell in his hands. When he reached the sea, he would fill up the shell with water. Then he would carefully carry it back and pour the water into the hole. He kept doing this, and after a while, Augustine asked him what he was doing. The child answered, “I’m going to empty the sea into that hole in the sand.” Well, Augustine just laughed out loud and said, “Son, that’s quite impossible. Look how big the sea is, and how small the hole is!” The boy then looked at him and said, “And yet, it would be easier for me to empty the sea into this hole than for you to understand the mystery of the Trinity.” And with that, the boy disappeared.
The bottom line is that God wants to establish a personal and intimate relationship with us. This is the reason why he reveals Himself to us as the Most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let us all believe in this mystery and believe in God’s Son so we can have eternal life.
Just as St. Paul writes in the second reading [2 COR 13:13], may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.