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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Trinity Sunday 2024

As I was preparing for today's homily, a song from the past kept playing in my mind. You might be familiar with it: "One" by Three Dog Night. The song begins with the line, "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do."

It's a song about loneliness and the struggle of being alone. But today, I want to take that concept of "one" and look at it through a different lens—the lens of our faith and the Holy Trinity.

In today’s Gospel, we hear the Great Commission: Jesus commands His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This command emphasizes the unity and co-equality of the three Persons of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—distinct yet perfectly one in essence and purpose.

The Holy Trinity is the perfect example of unity and love. It's the divine mystery of three Persons in one God, a relationship so intimate and unified that they are one in essence. This unity is not lonely or isolated but is the fullness of love and communion.

Let's think about the opening line of that song again, "One is the loneliest number." In human terms, loneliness can often come from being isolated or misunderstood. But the oneness of the Trinity is different. It's a oneness that is full of love, interaction, and relationship. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the love between them. This perfect relationship is anything but lonely—it's the source of all love and life.

As human beings, created in the image of God, we are called to reflect this divine unity and love in our own lives. We are called to live in communion with God and with one another. In our families, in our parish, and in our wider community, we are called to embody this love and unity.

Think about our own experiences: when we live in unity, when we support and love one another, we reflect the Trinity. We become a visible sign of God’s presence in the world. In a world that often feels fragmented and divided, our call is to be instruments of God’s peace and unity.

So, as we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, let us remember that we are called to reflect the unity and love of the Trinity in our own lives. Let us strive to be one with each other, just as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one.

Let's embrace the oneness that comes from unity in love, not isolation. In doing so, we not only live out our calling as Christians but also bring the love of the Trinity into the world around us.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

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