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Trinity is Community

Trinity is Community

The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is about the unity among the three persons in one God.  This unity in God in three persons is the original blueprint of our sense of community, our oneness with one another.  Our love for one another is based on the self-giving love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Our sense of community enhances our social nature.  We are created to be part of the community.  We are born through the intimacy of our parents who are supposed to be one in heart and mind as they pledge their love for one another.  We cannot live or survive alone.  No one is an island.  We find our fulfillment in community.

When Christ came into the world, He chose to be part of a family through the loving kindness of His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and His foster father, St Joseph who looked after them.  The Holy Family becomes the example and model for our families in terms of their love and care for one another. Their sense of oneness in being obedient to God’s will characterizes their thoughts, their actions and their plans.  Their respective roles in their family relationship prove to be crucial to the accomplishment of God’s plan of salvation.

As Church, we imitate God’s oneness among the three different persons.  Our unity in diversity is patterned after the diversity of the three persons who all act and live in this principle of oneness in love and loyalty.   Our care and concern for another is dictated by the Trinitarian love for all of us, as exemplified by the love of the Second Person in His sacrificial death for the forgiveness of our sins.  We are saved not alone, but together as  community.   We find our salvation in through one another.

As Church, we express this unity through our common participation in the mysteries that Christ has left us to celebrate, especially the Eucharist which has become the source and center of our Christian life.  Says Pope John Paul II: “For what is the bread?  It is the Body of Christ.  And what do those who receive become? The Body of Christ – not many bodies but one body.” The Eucharist is our sacrament of unity.  The Eucharist expresses our oneness in Christ, our unity with the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit as well as our unity with one another.