One but Not Alone
Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Preached on May 30-31, 2015 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Perryville KY and Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg KY
Readings: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20
Most people do not get excited about Trinity Sunday. Instead, they look forward to the high holy days of Christmas and Easter. Somehow they feel that they can relate better to those wonderful mysteries of our Faith: the birthday of Jesus and His rising from the dead. Perhaps, they do not get excited about Trinity Sunday because they find it difficult to comprehend the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Well, according to my Trinity professor, Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is so simple that it can be summed up in four words: “You are not alone.”
This is exactly what the Lord Jesus said to His disciples, “And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20).
There are some people who think that God is just some lonely old deity far away in Heaven. But, the truth is that by His very nature God is communion; He is relationship: the Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father, and the Holy Spirit is their bond of love. We have one God, but we do not have a lonely God. We have one God, and three persons in one God. God is one, but He is never alone.
Since we are created in His image and likeness, we too are called to be in communion. We too are called to be in relationship. We are not meant to be alone. He gave us His Church so that we do not have be alone. He gave us this family of believers whom we should love and who should love us back.
We are not alone and we do not have to be alone.
But, God goes even further: He gave us His Son to be one of us and this Son, Jesus Christ, gives us His Body and Blood at every Mass to show us just how close He wants to be with us. God does not want to be just above us or right next to us; He wants to be within us. Our Triune God who is never alone does not ever want to leave us all alone.
This is why Holy Communion is a big deal for us Catholics. It is our most tangible reminder that God is with us. It is our most concrete proof that He is here for us.
This also why we insist that those who are dying should receive Holy Communion. They receive it as their viaticum, which literally means, with you along the way. They know that they will have to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4) on their own, that they cannot bring their friends and family with them. They will have to go to the other side on their own, but they know that they are not alone if they had received Communion. They know that they have Jesus, the Good Shepherd, with them, that with His rod and His staff He will give them comfort (cf. Ps. 23:4). They are not alone. They do not have to be alone.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where a lot of lonely people still do not think that they have anybody. That is why Jesus commanded all of us who are His followers to “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” (Mt. 28:19). He wants us to tell everybody that nobody is alone, that nobody has to be alone, not when one has the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as God, not when one can have the Church as Mother. God wants us to put the word out there that He does not want to leave anyone alone.
Today, as we receive our Lord in Holy Communion, let us be reassured that we are not alone; God is with us. Let us not forget that we do not have to be alone; God invites us to an intimate relationship with Him, to a Holy Communion. But, let us also remember that we should not leave anybody all alone; God sends us to be there for everybody.