The Holy Trinity, the
Divine Guests -Homily
June 15, 2014
remember the central mystery of our faith: our God is only one, but it is not a
lonely God. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three divine persons, but only
one God. Three subjects, but one thing. Three in persons, but one in substance.
The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, but not three gods,
only one God. We love three persons, we have one God. It is difficult to
understand, it is impossible to comprehend, but it is easy to believe. God
cannot lie, and he taught us to say “In the name (only one name) of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. It is as easy as to make the sign of
the Cross: one God in three persons.
of God, his perfect wisdom and his eternal communion of love, could have never
been imagined by human beings. We could have never arrived to know him as he
is, we could have never arrived to see him, we could
have never tasted his infinite goodness. Though our desire of happiness is
infinite, we don’t have the power to attain the infinite blessedness we thirst
for. That is why God came to the world to help us. God sent his Son into the
world and sent the Holy Spirit so that we could know him and love him as he
really is. He came so that we could taste and see how good the Lord is, how great,
wonderful and beautiful. He wanted to share with us his own happiness, his own
life, his own joy.
making his temple in our hearts. The blessed Trinity dwells in our hearts. What
do we mean by that? God is everywhere: what is the difference between the
presence of the blessed Trinity in the whole world, and this particular
presence in the hearts of Christians?
everywhere by his power, by his knowledge of everything, and by the fact that
he sustains everything in existence. But he is not known everywhere, he is not
loved everywhere. A tree cannot know God, a stone cannot love him. He can only
be known and be loved in the hearts of angels and human beings. But there is
more. We can know God with a natural knowledge, as the necessary cause of everything,
and we can love him also with a natural love. But by this natural knowledge we
actually only know that God must be there, somewhere, but he is beyond our
horizon. God is infinite and our human powers are limited. By our own nature we
cannot reach him, we cannot enjoy his presence, we cannot be his friends.
By grace, by
the revelation of God and by the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, our
situation has radically changed. The grace we have received in baptism
transforms and perfects our human nature in such a way, that now we can know
God as he truly is, and we can love him as our friend. And although grace does
not allow us to have in this life a perfect knowledge of God, it will allow us
in the other life to encounter God, to taste his goodness, to know him as he
knows us, to enjoy his goodness and friendship for ever. “We will be like him,”
says St. John, “because we will see him as he is” (1 John 3:2) We will enjoy,
by the grace of God, his own divine happiness. We will rejoice with the joy of
Even now the
grace of God makes us able to know God and enjoy his friendship. The Trinity
dwells within our hearts as in a temple: “If a man loves me, he will keep my
word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home
with him” (John 14:23); “The Father will give you another Advocate [the Holy
Spirit], to be with you for ever” (John 14:16). The three divine Persons abide
in us because they want our love. We should be mindful of this all the time,
and pray unceasingly, as St. Paul says (1 Tes 5:17).
God is with us, within us, but many times we are not with him. May be it is
impossible to be always aware of his presence… But at least we should know that
he is there always, always waiting for us. And perhaps, from time to time, we
could say something to him: “Thank you, I love you, forgive me, help me.”
You know why
we are not happy? Because we look for happiness in the wrong places. We go out
of ourselves, and the secret of happiness is within our hearts. We look for
riches in the world, and the treasure is within us. We look for pleasures
outside, but the lasting joys are inside. We thirst for love, we look for
friends, but we leave alone in our heart the best friends that we may ever
imagine: God the Father, who wants you to be his child; God the Son, who died
on the Cross to forgive you; God the Holy Spirit, who pours into your heart the
love of God, who allows you to be his friend, who inserts you in the mystery of
the Trinity as an adopted son or daughter.
the Holy Trinity is not necessarily something we have to understand, but a
mystery we have to enjoy. May we learn to be with them.
May the Holy Virgin Mary teach us to talk to them, to love them, to make
friendship with them. There is no happiness on earth that
can be compared with this, and if there is any anticipation of heaven in this
world, it is our communion with the Mystery of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit. The first man, in the Garden of Eden, used to talk to God every
evening. May we all spend some time with our Lord, who is within us all the
time, every day, until the end of the world. –Fr.
asks us to pray for peace….
you know, this past May 25, during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Holy
Father invited Presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas to join him in raising
to heaven a fervent supplication to God for the gift of peace, and offered to
welcome them to his place for a meeting of prayer.
cam about the afternoon of Sunday, June 8, the Solemnity of Pentecost. His
Holiness Bartholomew, Patriarch of Constantinople, with whom the Holy Father
had the joy of sharing his pilgrimage to Jerusalem, also participated in the
to a last minute letter by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Bonazzi,
“Pope Francis profoundly wished to involve all the faithful, so that the prayer
to God be all the more intense and that the land of Jesus may finally enjoy the
peace which the angels announced at his birth.” Even if the meeting is in the
past, prayer for peace is still needed, and so we want to extend to our
parishioners the invitation of the Pope.
Francis asks those in consecrated life and all the faithful to participate
spiritually in this supplication. Moreover, all men and women of goodwill may
participate in the secret of their heart. Thus the prayer for peace will rise
from the tomb of Peter and extend to all the ends of the earth. We hope the
promise of Our Lord will so be accomplished: “If two of you agree on earth
about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” (Mt