30 May 2015

31st May 2015 - Vocation Journey: Interview with Aidan O'Rourke - Trinity Sunday

This weeks programme is a repeat show of our interview with Aidan O'Rourke and Fr Leslie McNamara originally broadcast on 26th April 2015. At that time due to technical difficulties at West Limerick 102fm HQ the show didn't go out in its entirety. Aidan is currently Limerick's sole seminarian in formation at Maynooth and Fr Leslie is the Vocations Director for Limerick diocese.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Trinity Sunday

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord

Trinity Sunday, officially "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity," is one of the few feasts of the Christian Year that celebrates a reality and doctrine rather than an event or person. On Trinity Sunday we remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is one of the most fascinating - and controversial - Christian dogmas. The Trinity is a mystery. By mystery the Church does not mean a riddle, but rather the Trinity is a reality above our human comprehension that we may begin to grasp, but ultimately must know through worship, symbol, and faith. It has been said that mystery is not a wall to run up against, but an ocean in which to swim. The common wisdom is that if you talk about the Trinity for longer than a few minutes you will slip into heresy because you are probing the depths of God too deeply. It is a feast which encourages us to reflect on the formulations of our faith as expressed in the creeds which sometimes we don't reflect on enough.

The gospel reminds us that God loved us so much he sent his only Son and after the world had rejected him, God sent his Spirit, the spirit of love. The inner relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in such a way that each of them is fully and equally God, yet there are not three Gods but one is incomprehensible to the human mind. It is a mystery.

The story is told of St Augustine of Hippo, a great philosopher and theologian who wanted so much to understand the doctrine of the Trinity and to be able to explain it logically. One day as he was walking along the sea shore and reflecting on this, he suddenly saw a little child all alone on the shore. The child made a whole in the sand, ran to the sea with a little cup, filled her cup, came and poured it into the hole she had made in the sand. Back and forth she went to the sea, filled her cup and came and poured it into the hole. Augustine went up to her and said, "Little child, what are doing?" and she replied, "I am trying to empty the sea into this hole." "How do you think," Augustine asked her, "that you can empty this immense sea into this tiny hole and with this tiny cup?" To which she replied, " And you, how do you suppose that with this your small head you can comprehend the immensity of God?" With that the child disappeared.

Like Augustine we may not be able to understand the how of the Trinity but it is very important to understand the why. Why did God reveal to us this mystery regarding the very nature of the Supreme Being? The importance of this doctrine lies in this: we are made in the image of God, therefore, the more we understand God the more we can understand ourselves. Experts in religion tell us that people always try to be like the God they worship. People who worship a warrior God tend to be warriors, people who worship a God of pleasure tend to be pleasure-seeking, people who worship a God of wrath tend to be angry people, etc. Like a God, like the worshipers. So the more important question for us to ask today is: What does the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity tell us about the kind of God we worship and what does this say about the kind of people we should be?

God does not exist in isolated individualism but in a community of relationships. In other words, God is not a loner or a recluse. This means that a Christian in search of Godliness (Matthew 5:48) must shun every tendency to isolationism and individualism. The ideal Christian spirituality is not that of flight from the world like that of certain Buddhist monastic traditions where the quest for holiness means withdrawal to the Himalayas away from contact with other people and society.

You can listen to Lorraine's 2013 reflection on the Trinity excerpted from the programme here.

Phil over at Blue Eyed Ennis had some wonderful links and reflections here.

The 2012 programme on Trinity Sunday was one where Fr Michael Liston gave us a reflection on the Trinity which you read/listen back to here.

Word on Fire has a series of videos with Fr Robert Barron on the Trinity here.

Gospel - Mt 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
English Dominicans
Ennis Blue

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 1; 9th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

June 1st- St Justin (martyr)
June 2nd - Ss Marcellinus & Peter (martyrs)
June 3rd - (Irish calendar) - St Kevin (Universal calendar - St Charles Lwanga & Companions - the Uganda Martyrs)
June 4th - (Irish calendar) St Charles Lwanga & Companions (Universal calendar -St. Francis Caracciolo)
Beginning of Novena to the Sacred Heart 
June 5th - St Boniface (First Friday)
June 6th - St Jarlath 
June 7th - Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)