In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Matthew 28:16-20) Our Lord gave His disciples this instruction before ascending to heaven: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.‘
In the instruction we find the invocation of the Trinitarian formula. In and through Jesus, the one God is revealed to us as a play of three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who share in the one Divine nature. In this revelation, we are drawn into Communion with the three persons of the Triune God, through the two great commandments of love, for essentially the three person is an interplay of love.
Since ‘God is love’ as St John tells us, then when God loves, He must at the same time be the object, the subject and the verb to love. The Father is the Lover, the Son is the Beloved, and the Holy Spirit is the love between them.
May, the deepening of our faith, lead us to understand the Trinitarian of the Church too: As a Church we are a
· ‘People of God’,
· the ‘Body of Christ’, and
· the ‘Temple of the Holy Spirit’, One in God.
Blessings in the Trinity Fr Michael