Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 7 June 2020
Feast of the Holy Trinity
Exo. 34:4b-6,8-9; Dan. 3:52,53,54,55,56; 2Cor. 13:11-13; Joh. 3:16-18
The liturgical calendar marks a definite sequence: the Day of Easter, Ascension and Pentecost, followed by the Holy Trinity Day. This sequence expresses the core of our faith in the Holy Trinity: The FATHER justifies and resurrects Jesus (Easter), so that the SON is glorified in Heaven (Ascension) and His people are reborn by the HOLY SPIRIT (Pentecost).
First, God, the Father’s love is the beginning of all. Not an inferior love, but the superlative love: “for God so loved the world…” (v. 16). Our God is the Father who is always loving and self-giving. His love is real since the creation: the universe is the reflection of His love. Then, God’s self-giving and love are manifested perfectly in His Son. Only Jesus, the only Son (vv. 16 and 18), can present the Father perfectly. Why? In order to be able to present the self of God perfectly, the Son must truly be united with God. In order to manifest Fathers love to humans, the Son must also truly become a human being. The evangelist John emphasized these two aspects from the beginning: Jesus was the Word of God (Logos) who became a human being (John 1: 1-2, 14).
Second, of all “Jesus event”: His words and works culminated on his death and resurrection are the manifestations of the Father’s love. Jesus is the presence or revelation of the Father: “anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father” (John 14: 9). His preaching opens our ears and mind that God is love. His actions open our eyes that God is love. His willingness to suffer and die makes us realize of the seriousness and the intensity of Father’s love. His resurrection assures us that God’s love is eternal. Death is unable to prevent and restrict Divine love.
Third, because of the Holy Spirit’s work, Father’s love through the Son is not limited to the death of Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that makes the Father’s love unlimited to the “the event of Jesus” in first century in Palestine. It is the Holy Spirit that makes God’s love continuously be experienced by people who believe in the Son. It is the Holy Spirit that gives God’s love global and universal impact: passing through any cultural, language and national boundaries. It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to believe that Jesus is the Father’s only son, who presents Father’s love perfectly. It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to receive Jesus, the Light, so that we can experience God’s mercy, and allow the Light to guide our lives and behavior. That is our true life/salvation (v. 16), now and here. On the contrary, many people reject the Light because they are afraid the Light will reveal their weakness and mistakes. They remain in the darkness of their lives. By this way, they are punishing themselves (v. 16-17, 19-20).
Holy Trinity is not an abstract dogma, but a concrete experience of God’s love. We are grateful for Father’s love, who always works through His Son and Holy Spirit in our daily lives. We are grateful and joyful because we are loved by Him. Only those who have experienced God’s love are able to share it with everyone.
(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)
DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER
Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.
Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:
For Evangelization intention:
Taking the path of inner heart: May the suffering brothers and sisters be able to find a living path which can lead them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
For farmers: May the government and authorities have strong will to help and concern of the survival and welfare of the farmers. We pray…
We join with the Blessed Heart of Jesus in order to sincerely and truly seek the justice for all our people. We pray…