Chosen Then, Chosen Now, Chosen Always
The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity celebrates the way in which God chooses to reveal himself to us. The early Church debated constantly about how this could be possible and why God would choose to communicate this way, yet ultimately concluded that it is a wondrous mystery we must simply trust and delight in. Our faith is centred around the Trinity, and so today we will reflect on its importance to us.
All throughout scripture there is evidence of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the main communicator throughout the Old Testament, speaking through his prophets in the hope they would guide his people towards his goodness. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is sent to the world to save all people by spreading the gospel truth about God and the Kingdom. Finally, before his Ascension, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit down to dwell amongst us, continuing to guide us once again towards God’s goodness.
Altogether, it is evident in the way God reveals himself as Father, Son, and Spirit, that he has been with us from the very beginning, guiding us towards a better future, and continues to be with us now.
Why does God choose to be in constant relationship with us? Our Gospel today gives us an answer to this question.
“For God so loved the world…” (Jn 3: 16). There are many interpretations of this famous passage, however what always stands out for me is the strength of God’s love for us; a love that never wavers. Countless times we have turned away from him, chosen sin and a worldly life, yet his love is constant; always forgiving and always merciful. From the very beginning he was choosing us. As his people turned away, idolising false gods, God the Father still chose to fight for us. As people doubted him and yelled for his execution, Christ still chose to die for us, and now, when we feel lost and helpless, some of us blaming God for the state of our current world, the Holy Spirit continues to choose us.
Today, as we celebrate the Trinity, rejoice in all the ways God has chosen us throughout history that we may be where we are today. Ask the Holy Spirit to work within you and through you, and may you be an instrument of God’s love in the world – especially at a time like this.
“Everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (Jn 3: 16).