Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity.
“Go therefore..” are the words of the Gospel for today. We are embraced by God, by the Holy Trinity, and, therefore, we feel the need as a disciple to go out and tell the whole world “the good news.”
This is a meditation on this Gospel from one of my sisters:
People usually perceive themselves to be in the world, calling out to God. But these two words, “go, therefore,” turn that perception around. It is as though the disciples are within the embrace of the Trinity and are being sent into the world.
For forty days following his resurrection, Jesus has moved in and out of the apostles’ lives. He has appeared to them unexpectedly, enjoyed breakfast with them on the beach, and breathed into them his Spirit, giving them the power to forgive sins. Gradually he has weaned them from his daily physical presence to a new relationship with him. They will no longer see him or speak with him as they had during those three blessed years before his crucifixion and death. Yet they knew he is with them still, though in a different way. He is with them, and they are with him. He is in them and they are in him. They are becoming one with he who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through him they also share in a relationship with the Father. They would soon be filled and anointed with his Spirit. And Jesus now exhorts them to go into the world.
What difference would it make in your life if you remembered that you are at home in the Trinity’s embrace, looking out onto the world? How would this, for instance, change your family life? Would you feel less entangled or confined or overwhelmed by what happens within relationships in your family? Would you have more options? Would it be possible to consider acting differently? Loving differently? Thinking differently?
Would you pray differently if you knew you were already in the Trinity’s embrace? Know that you are already at home, and you are already loved. You have already been given everything you need. You are already held with compassion. The striving, the frustration, the methods of prayers would melt away if you knew deeply whose you are . . . already . . . now.
If you have enjoyed this meditation, you’ll find meditations on all the Gospels of Ordinary Time in: Ordinary Grace Weeks 1-17.