These are exciting times for basketball fans as the NBA Conference Finals heat up with each conference reaching a Game Seven, the first time since 1979, or 39 years! And if you’re an avid fan, you’d easily notice how each team defended the home court, but were miserable on the road, though both the Warriors and the Rockets swept each other on the road in the first four games of the series. But speaking about it generally, after six games, all these teams performed well at home, but fared miserably on the road.
Come to think about it, this is the same situation when we do good things to others, we feel good, we feel energized, we feel at “home”. On the other hand, when we commit a wrongdoing, it feels awkward, we feel uncomfortable we become anxious and restless. Unless you’re a habitual sinner, committing sin always makes you feel guilty as something just isn’t right, it’s “alien” territory so to speak. Not that we’re already sinless and saintly, we’re still sinners despite trying hard to be faithful, we fall amidst our constant wavering and shortcomings. Yet, we always seek refuge in the Sacraments to nurture and renew us.
This Sunday as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are being invited to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed Himself to us in the Trinity, one God in Three Divine Persons. We are taught that each one is distinct from the other. Each Divine Person has a perfect intellect and free will. Since each one is God, each one is capable of knowing and loving the other to a perfect degree. It is this perfect ability to know and love that makes them one and united perfectly. This unity amongst themselves is so deep and profound, that they become One God.
When Our Lord commissioned the Eleven, this time it was intended for “all nations”, unlike before when The Twelve were just restricted to look for “the lost sheep of the House of Israel”. The Good News of Jesus Christ is now to be taken to all people, and the task is to baptize and to teach. And when we baptize, we are to baptize them “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This reference to the Most Holy Trinity is one of the testaments of Baptism,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28: 16-20)
Yet, prior to these verses, there is a line that stands in stark contrast: “When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.” This could apply to us, who, despite the faith in Jesus, we still doubt. We still fear and underestimate God’s promise and awesome power. We know deep inside us that Jesus walked the earth and that He is God, Who was, Who is and Who will be. We are not God, but we know we are made in His image and likeness. Despite knowing all these, we still doubt and we cast anxieties on our own souls.
Did you notice that we find fulfillment in life by our love of others and our free will to enter into a knowledge of each person, forming a communion with them? This is how God loves and will take on different forms depending upon our connections with others. All relationships are called to share God’s life to other people in need of examples of how God loves them that much. Thus, just like how the contenders in the NBA feel playing in “alien” territory, we also feel “alienated” from the Lord when we are outside His Kingdom, when we commit sin. To be able to win in life again, we have to move to the home court, where God awaits us just like a father awaits eagerly for his son.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are reminded that this central mystery of our faith is meant to be lived and given flesh and blood. As baptized Christians, we share in the life of the blessed Trinity and is commissioned to invite others to share in God’s love as well.
“Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come.” (Rev. 1: 8)