The solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year C

Proverbs 8:22-31       Romans 5:1-5       John 16:12-15

Theme: The Trinitarian Community

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This solemnity highlights the nature of the God whom we serve; three distinct persons that are united as one, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Today’s solemnity is both a mystery and a dogma in the Church. It is an article of faith which cannot be contested. It is our belief. Saying that the concept of the Trinity is a mystery does not mean that we do not know anything about the Trinity.

In view of this, Fr Ernest Ezeogwu C.S.Sp  of blessed memory would say, the fact that it is a mystery does not mean that it is devoid of absolute human understanding; it is rather that we cannot comprehend everything about it. Thus, we cannot comprehend exhaustively what it is, though we know some part of what it is or what is represents. It is from that point of view that I will want us today to reflect on the love that persists in the community of the Trinity: the communitarian love that is in existence within the Trinity. This love is selfless, it is built on agape. It is a love that gives without counting the cost, the love that respects, and the love that appreciates the other. As such each of the persons of the Trinity continues to play his role without interfering in the role of the other, and at the same time duly respecting the other. There is harmony in the triune God. They are a community of love.

In the same way my brothers and sisters, as we celebrate this dogma today, it presents to you and I, the need for us to imbibe this communitarian spirit, this spirit of love that drives the three persons in one God. It is important to point out the fact that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will not be reduced to their functions. The power of the Triune God transcends their functions. We have so much to draw from today’s celebration that goes beyond their functions as individuals. That is why it is important for us to look at the bond of love that exists amongst the three Persons in one God. That is why Jesus, even though he is God, will constantly make reference to his Father. Even when he was ascending he said, “My Father will send you the Holy Spirit.” All this shows us the wonderful bond of love and respect in the Triune God. Today, the world is in dire need of this transcendent love.

The question we all need to ask ourselves today is whether we feel the need for us to imbibe the culture of love, unity, and respect whose example we find in the Triune God. When we do this, we have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. We need the communitarian spirit, in our families, in our society, and in our communities. It is the bedrock of all, love, unity, peace, selflessness, joy, happiness, and growth.

We need more than anything else, love that transcends the self and looks at the needs and the good of the other. If we do that, our world will become a better place, beginning from our families and to the whole human family. God encourages us with his graces, sacraments and teachings of the Church to love in his example and make a better world with love, peace and joy.

We pray as we celebrate the Holy Trinity today, that God will inspire and guide us all the more to put into practice this communitarian loving spirit and that we may bear fruits, fruits that lead us to eternal life. Peace be with you!




The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp