The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

 

TRINITY AS COMMUNITY

By Leanna Cappiello

Understanding the Trinity can be tricky. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are “one God in three persons.” They are distinct beings yet share the same essence as God. How can this be? It is a divine mystery, after all. It is not that we cannot understand it; rather it is infinitely understandable. And it begins with reaching out to each other.

In the second reading of 2 Corinthians — and at the beginning of every Mass — we are greeted with the words, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” Not only are we hearing about the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit, but we are also reminded of what they are made of: grace, love, communion. These words resonate with us weekly. They challenge us to live like the Trinity, in community with each other. Community is not passively coexisting, but actively engaging. We show this by responding, “And with your Spirit.”

We may lose sight that the reason we come to Mass is to celebrate together. It is certainly legitimate to pray and worship alone, but coming to Mass means a dynamic, communal experience. We come together to be in each other’s company.

The Church is a living, breathing organism, and we all make up a small speck of the larger picture. Each of us is essential for the Church’s universality, diversity, and glory.

Each of our neighbors are our brothers and sisters: the ones we sit next to in the pews, the strangers we meet on the street, the customers at work, the ones who serve us our food, the people who clean our city, even the ones who run our city. They have a spark of the divine in them, just as you do: they each reveal to us a different face of Christ. Just as God is infinitely understandable, so are the people around us. We get to know each other through the mundane and extraordinary encounters we have daily, whether we know these people intimately, or they are a complete stranger to us.

The more we engage in community, the more we draw closer to understanding God as Father, Christ as Son, and the Spirit as the love between them.