The Beauty of Communal Living

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the most fundamental of our faith. On it, everything else depends and from it, everything else is derived. It is a mystery because God is the only reality beyond our powers of measuring, observing, controlling and of gaining exhaustive knowledge; yet He measures us, rules us, watches us and understands us even when we are unaware of it.

The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These definitions express three crucial truths: (1) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, (2) each Person is fully God, (3) there is only one God. This doctrine celebrates the wonderful mystery from which we come and to which we will go.

This solemnity calls us to be trinitarian, that is, living in communion among ourselves and in our families on the model of the Divine Communion. It is a call to live, not one without the other, above or against the other, but with each other and for others. Imagine a beautiful family and life it will be to live a trinitarian life- God’s own life. This life can be possible if we can demonstrate in our lives and in our families the nature or the attributes of God which He revealed to Moses in our first reading: mercy, graciousness, slow to anger, steadfast love and faithfulness.

The things that stifle the trinitarian life in us are selfishness, avarice, division, lack of sharing, lack of sense of family, lack of sacrificial love, lack of gratitude, etc. Let us eschew these vices in our lives and family, and opt for living in communion in imitation of the Most Holy Trinity.

Today, as we celebrate the loving relationship shared by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, may we renew our love for family and do all within our power to live trinitarian life wherever we find ourselves.
Triune God, teach us to love one another as we should, and help us to live in harmony with all mankind. May we give ourselves willingly and joyfully to be of benefit and blessing to one another, that we may truly share one faith, have one calling, and be of one soul and one mind, Amen.
(Ex. 34:4-5,8-9; Dan. 3; 2Cor. 13:11-13; Jn. 3:16-18)


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