Feast of the Blessed Trinity, year ’B’ La Sainte Trinité, année ’B’

“Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Thursday 5 November 2015

Dt.4, 32-34, 39-40 Ps. 32 Rm. 8, 14-17 Mt. 28, 16-20

Feast of the Blessed Trinity, year ’B’

“The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.”

We celebrate the Blessed Trinity, God in his Mystery : God is Love. We need to go right back to the source of the Revelation of this mystery, there where God manifested himself explicitly as ’a Relationship of Love’ for the first time, at the Annunciation. The Word of God and His Love are received totally in humanity. Mary, the little girl of the people of Israel, in the wake of Moses and all the Saints, meditates about God who made heaven and earth. God joins Himself to her in Adoration, He who made his people come out of slavery in Egypt. We encounter this all-powerful God, before whom one kneels, in the most intimate part of ourselves. The prophet had already said so : God is not far from us : ’He is in your heart, he is on your lips.’ But for those who believes, this is not enough. Prayer is a cry : ’Lord, show me your face.’ Mary receives herself from the Archangel, ’full of grace, blessed by God.’ At the annunciation, it is said that Mary is full of grace. She is prepared to receive God’s Love, on the outside and on the inside of herself.She is completely enveloped with grace, with the free love of God. The Holy Spirit, Love in Person, manifests himself to her and she receives him in Faith. The Lord-Gift comes to encounter his little creature. This encounter between humanity and divinity in the ’Womb’ of Mary, is lived out in Faith, in an unbelievable fire of Love. This is the place of the eternal ’Engenderment ’of the Son by the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Child who will be born of Mary will be Holy, he will be called Son of God.

“When they saw him, they fell down before him, though some hesitated.Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said : ’All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”

Can one speak about love outside of love? It is impossible. ’The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.’ This is what is said to Mary by the Angel Gabriel.The Infinite Love of God will come into the Church and will envelop it with its Love. This God who is infinitely great, is Someone infinitely close and small. He adapts himself to our littleness, to ’our nothingness’. God makes this ’nothingness’ of our being exist , thanks to His Infinite Love.The Holy Spirit, God’s mystery of Love, is the one who already presided at Creation : ’The Spirit hovered over the waters.’ The Father of Lights who is Love is not an ’absent’ father. He is the Father present in an ’ absence’ that allows us to join Him in Faith. The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity can be inscribed in all flesh : ’Baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.’ The difference is no longer an opposition to be reduced, it is necessary for my life, for the Life that becomes an action as well as a contemplation. A new world is created , in a gentle manner but in a real manner, opening up the possibility of the conversion of all peoples. A long period of patience begins. This gentleness will win, it will conciliate all opposition merely by the strength of the Holy Spirit. The Lord is there with us, let us love with His Love, let us go towards the other disarmed, let us open up ourselves ! It is impossible to speak about God-Love without believing and being in His Love, in a Relationship of Love.

“’ Go, therefore, make disciples of all 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 look, I am with you always ; yes, even to the end of time.’”

Our God gushes forth with Love, the disciples’ mission is clearly one of Love; they are gathered together by Jesus. ’Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. ’Jesus proposes a baptism of conversion. He invites us to be introduced into the Love exchanged between the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity. It is in receiving Jesus, who is the gift of the Father, the beloved son of Mary that we receive him. Being the beloved son of Mary, he belongs to our humanity and at the same time that he is the son of Mary, he is the Beloved Son of the Father. Face with the mystery of the Incarnation and the Resurrection, we understand that his disciples are still doubtful. This love is too demanding, it

requires far too much, and it goes far beyond ourselves! If we let ourselves be taken up by this love, we have to admit, it’s not very ’reasonable’. God isn’t reasonable. The way God’s Love gives itself is to give without measure. The reason God’s love is given is given without reason. God’s Love knows no bounds. To celebrate the Blessed Trinity is to ’express’ in Faith that we are introduced within the Infinite Love of God itself. Following Mary, with her, we become this new humanity that is immaculate. It is in this Love that we are purified. We continue to live in the Church this marvelous love that God gives to us.

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The Spirit and the Bride say : ’Oh yes, come, Lord Jesus! ’ "