TRINITY SUNDAY, YR. A – May 7, 2020.
By: Rev Fr. Thomas Debuo (Catholic Diocese of Damongo m) – 0208904392 / 0244511306
1st Ex 34:4-6, 8-9
Ps. Dan 3:52-56
2nd II Cor 11-13
Gosp. Jn 3:16-18
Theme: “Unity is strength, together we can”.
My dear people of God! Today Mother Church celebrates Holy Trinity, the Mystery of a “three in One God”, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This belief is contained in the Gloria, Creed and in the Doxology. This belief is expressly professed anytime we make the sign of the Cross, a simple but most powerful prayer but which many Catholics shy to pray in public.
The Holy Trinity is evoked anytime an ordained minister has to bless. Many critiques question the explicit existence and possible trace of the Trinity in Scripture. Instances abound but specific traces can be made to the scenes of Jesus’ baptism and the Transfiguration during which times all the three are actively present. In the mind and teaching of the Church, a mystery is a reality that cannot, and should not, be doubted but which reality, at the same time, is beyond the immediate fathom and understanding of human intellect. Faith would would do better.
Many preachers in their imperfect and limited attempts to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity try to use various analogies. Those that directly reflect our Theme are the traditional practice of using three stones to support and guarantee the stability and safety of a cooking pot, and the difficulty or impossibility of breaking a full broom tied together as compared to the ease with which a single (broom) stick can be broken even by a toddler. Yes, unity is strength, and together we can.
Rather than attempting fruitlessly to understand and explain this Mystery with imperfect analogies, which is highly impossible even for an intellectual giant like St. Augus, the Church believes it is more beneficial to accept it as a reality beyond doubt and learn and practise the redeeming and sanctifying lessons it seeks to teach.
In the Holy Trinity we see, understand and appreciate the benefits of unity and the marvelous fruits of team work which the economist would describe as division of labour, the prime purpose of which is to increase efficiency and maximize profit. Contrary to this, our Church communities today are massively choked with people who claim to know everything, want to do everything and in fact, would do nothing in the end. The Feast of the Holy Trinity reminds us, Christians in particular, to value, complement and appreciate each other’s efforts, talents and gifts without any feeling or showing of superiority. The Father creates, the Son redeems, the Spirit directs and sanctifies and no one thinks the other is less or more important. Unity is strength, srength that produces desiring and deserving fruits, fruits that would last and stand the test of time.
Today Catholic parents bring up children with very negative and unpatriotic mentalities that certain job careers are mineal/belittling while others are for the elite. Ask even a Kindergarten (KG) class how many would like to be teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers etc and the spontaneous frown facial reactions and selective joyful responses would justify and confirm this point. The Trinity teaches us that no matter the weight of a task or burden if each of us tries to hold a part and push with one’s whole being, it can be lifted and carried with relative ease. Note that at the horizontal (human) level Christ, as God, could do it alone yet He seeks the support of weak human beings. One of the greatest disappointments the Church is grappling with is the alarming number of “sitting and receiving Christians”. For many Catholics at our time the only contribution they can make is the weekly occupying of (front) pews. Even responding to an ongoing song should be the sole responsibility of the choir. The Feast of the Holy Trinity calls on all of us, discerning members/citizens, to review, renew and improve our attitudes and commitments towards what is assigned us in trust either by the Church or society.
We are often too quick to complain, criticise, castigate and condemn successive governments for poor working/living conditions but no one is honest and courageous enough to question, challenge and condemn the appalling attitudes we exhibit at our respective work places. The philosophy of a serious minded member/citizen is not, “what can I get from my church/country?”, rather, “what can I give to my church/country?”. We give flimsy and fake reasons/excuses to stay off duty but which off time we use for private works, personal business trips, family meetings, weddings & outdoorings, funerals, etc It is very worring that most of our public and private offices have been converted into centers of politics and lotto forecast at the expense of working to build and better this nation for future generations as a legacy.
More worrying and disappointing is the verifiable fact that most of these offices are headed and massively occupied by “Senior Catholics” who occupy and play very key roles in Church and receive Holy Communion daily.
Precisely why Jesus, in his parting message to the disciples in Matthew’s gospel, chooses his words with great care, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, (Mtt 28:19-20) Note that the command is full of action/doing words. Jesus knows the quantum of work that still awaits a “team of committed and dedicated disciples”, not a pack of idling and indifferent followers. Take a walk to the bush, try to locate and observe the level of apt concentration and commitment with which “Christian termites” work together as a team to build a home! We pray for grace to put into practice the redeeming and sanctifying lessons inherent in the Holy Trinity so that together we create and ensure a better Ghana/world for generations yet unborn. Yes, unity is truly strength and together we can. God richly bless you and your family.