I think its no secret that every year, holds a competition by hiding keys in their Caramilk Chocolate bar. If that key opens their vault, you have access to the Caramilk Mystery. Then you are given the secret in a sealed briefcase to be kept with you for a certain amount of time. If you do not open the briefcase, you win $250,000! But if you open it, you get to know the mystery of how they get the caramel inside. Regardless of the marketing techniques used to increase profits, the mystery of how the caramel inside attracts people and their attention.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity. It is a solemnity to honour one of the biggest Mysteries, but most amazing things, that the Catholic Church teaches. The Church believes that their is one God,and somehow three different persons. These names are not just a different ways of looking at the same person, but are separated. In the Gospel Jesus says, " I was sent from my Father" making him different from his Father. Jesus also said, " If I go, I will send him [the Paraclete] to you" Making Jesus different from the Holy Spirit and the Father. Each of them, however, have different roles in how they carry out The Will of the Father.
Even though todays celebration is a Mystery, what must never become a Mystery in our lives is our relationship with Holy Trinity. Our relationship with God is most important and must be at the heart of all our lives. In todays first reading, Moses is preaching to the people before they enter into the promised land. The people whom he speaks to, were the people born in the desert, and not the actual slaves that left Egypt. So, he begins his message with the phrase, " Ask now about former ages, long before your own..." (Deuteronomy 4:32) This was so that the people may be appreciative of their triumph and realize the accomplishment it is to gain this city. During the passage we hear, Moses is convincing the People, that the God of Israel, is like no other God. He is a unique God, that cares about them, and wants a relationship with them. The People just need to "acknowledge today and take to heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth beneath" (Deuteronomy 4: 39) Our relationship with God, therefore, depends on our response and acceptance of the Trinity.
In Todays Gospel, we are given the final episode in the Gospel of Matthew, and in it, Jesus institutes the need for all of us to make disciples of all nations. For the past three years Jesus taught his apostles how to be a follower of Him and His Father. It is now, before he left, knowing he had a strong relationship with them, left with them (and all baptised) the job of evangelizing to all nations His message.
The "nations" of the world, is the people around us. Our friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and strangers. Our job must be to express to them the joys and wonders of our faith. We cannot be people that are frightened of the Gospel, we must build up the courage and strength to proclaim Christ always. Jesus, in the Gospel, tells us that "I will be with you always until the end of the age" (Mt 28:20) This, then, is our source, our comfort, to be able to proclaim Christ always. Especially in our secular world, we cannot be timid of sharing our faith. We must be bold and happy because happiness attracts people.
However, before we can evangilize we must have that firm foundation built. We must have that strong relationship with Christ, before we can give it to others. We must have before we can give. A strong relationship with Christ is essential for faith, and evangilization. We build many relationships in our life, with our mother, father, uncle, aunts, friends, and family, workers and neighbours. But the most important is our relationship with our Creator, God. We grow this relationship firstly through prayer. Prayer to the Trinity, is one the best way we can become closer to God. Our prayers, however, must be a prayer from our heart. A prayer that we truly mean from the bottom of our heart.
On the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity, may we come to deepen our relationship with him. May we come to make our relationship something known, and not a mystery. Our relationship with Christ is the source of our life, and from this relationship we are given the strength and assurance to be able to fulfil Christ's command to "make disciples of all nations."