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. by Fr. Antton

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Sunday May 27, 2018
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (B)

(Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Gospel Mt 28: 16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “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.”

Ebanjelioa Mateo 28: 16-20

16 Hamaika ikasleak Galileara joan ziren, Jesusek esandako mendira. 17 Ikusi zutenean, gurtu egin zuten; batzuk, ordea, zalantzan zeuden. 18 Jesus, hurbildurik, honela mintzatu zitzaien: «Ahalmen osoa eman dit Jainkoak zeru-lurretan. 19 Zoazte, bada, eta egin herri guztiak nire ikasle, Aitaren eta Semearen eta Espiritu Santuaren izenean bataiatuz 20 eta nik agindu dizuedan guztia betetzen irakatsiz. Eta ni zeuekin izango nauzue egunero munduaren azkena arte».

God is Love

For twenty centuries of Christianity, theologians have written many and long treatises about the Trinity, trying to think conceptually the mystery of God. However, they themselves have arrived at the conclusion that, in order to know God, what matters is not to “reason” much but to “know” something about love: to have experienced love in its fullness.

The reason is quite simple. Christian theology comes to say, in short, that God is love. God is not someone narcissistic, cold and impersonal Being, who is sad and lonely. We must not imagine HIM as some Being with impenetrable power and self-enclosed. In HIS innermost Being, God is love, shared life, joyful friendship, plain dialogue, mutual gift, a hug; God is a communion of persons, a perfect family.

The most admirable reality is that we are (each one of us) made in the image of this very God. The human being is a sort of “miniature” of God. It is easy to fancy this reality. Whenever we feel the need to love and to be loved…, whenever we know how to welcome others and seek to be welcomed by others…, whenever we enjoy sharing a friendship that makes us grow…, whenever we give and receive life, and give and receive it abundantly…, then we are savoring the “Trinitarian love” of God. The love that flows in us comes right from Him.

Therefore, the best way for us to approach the mystery of God is not through books about Him, but through the many love experiences, which all throughout our lives, we are able to give and receive. When two young people kiss each other in true and perfect love…, when two spouses love each other to create new life…, when anyone, forgetting about himself or herself, give up their lives so others can have it, and have it fully…, then, all of these are living experiences, clumsy and imperfect as these may be, pointing to God’s love and perfect self-donation.

The one who knows nothing about giving and receiving love…, who cannot share or dialogue…, who only listens to himself…, who is closed to all friendship…, who seeks only his/her own interests…, who only knows how to make money, compete and win…, what does such a person know about God and love?

Trinitarian love of God is not an exclusive and discarding love, a “selfish love” between three Persons. Rather, it is a love relationship, which spreads out, and gives to all creatures so that all can have life and have it abundantly.

That is why, the one who lives to love like God or knows how to give without expecting to be reciprocated, is someone capable of “falling in love” with the poor and the smaller and is capable of donating his/her own life in order to build a more friendly, dignified and humane world.