Homily for the feast of the Most Holy Trinity - Year B - Mt. 28:16-20
Father Daniel Meynen
" Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they did homage to 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.' "
" Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them."
The gospel that the Church proposes to us on this feast of the Most Holy Trinity describes an apparition of the Lord after his Resurrection, an apparition that most likely took place just before the Ascension, although we cannot be more precise about when it occurred. Some have suggested that this is the apparition to which Saint Paul referred when he said: " Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time." (1 Cor. 15:6) In any case, let us note that the Lord gave a precise order to his disciples: they had to go to a specific place, and to no other; they were to go to the mountain he had indicated to them. And it was by obeying Christ, the Master of us all, that the disciples of the Lord were favored with his apparition. The same is true for us: it is by obeying the Church, who speaks in the name of Christ, that we can receive the graces that God wants to give us in order that we might see him with the eyes of faith, and thus contemplate him in ourselves and in all our brothers!
" And when they saw him they did homage to him."
This is a very beautiful gesture! The disciples, in doing homage to Jesus, recognize in him the Son of God, the Word of the Father, Creator of all things in Heaven and on earth. For Jesus, this man who is similar to all other men, is God, first and foremost. He has just proven it in a solemn manner, once and for all, by rising from the dead by his own power, which is that of God his Father. This is why those who were witnesses to his life, his passion, and his death, now lie prostrate before he who will henceforth live forever and ever! They adore the Lord Jesus just as the elect of Heaven and all angels, of every kind, do in the vision of glory: the disciples of Christ, and we who follow them, see the Lord God in the faith that gives us life, just like those who have already attained the eternal and limitless bliss of celestial glory!
" 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.' "
The Lord Jesus affirms his authority and his power: he thus proclaims his divine power and, by this very fact, all the reality of his divinity. Jesus is the Son of God. He came to the earth, sent by the Father, in order to reveal to us what he himself is - the Word of God, the Word born in the Love of God and men, but a Word that was crucified and rejected by the men who see in It only a human word! Indeed, the Word of God reveals itself to us only in the Death and through the Cross of Christ. Now, Saint Paul says to us: " Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?" (Rom. 6:3) Consequently, in order to be able to contemplate the glory of God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we must be baptized, we must be purified of all our faults in order to be able to hear this Word of God!
So if there is a teaching on the Trinity that is to be taught and preached in the name of Christ and of his Church, it is first and foremost a proclamation of the Cross of Christ, for it is through it and through it alone that the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity will be revealed to the entire world! " We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles." (1 Cor. 1:23) These are the words of the great Apostle Paul, he who was allowed to contemplate the glory of God in Heaven (cf. 2 Cor. 14). It is through the Cross and in the Cross that the Most Holy Trinity is revealed to the world in the Lord Jesus: there is no alternative! He who wants to share in the divine life through the grace of his baptism must be ready to imitate Christ in his life and in his death!
" ... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
Jesus is the Word of the Father, that which is endlessly spoken by the Father, that is to say by the one from whom everything in the Most Holy Trinity flows. For without the Father, there is no Son: the relation of Son can be conceived only in virtue of the relation of Father. But as Jesus is the Word of the Father, there is no other preparation for listening to this divine Word than to listen and to put into practice the human word of Christ, a human word that is then so close to the Word of God that it is for us the direct way to the divine Word itself. This is why Jesus commands his disciples to transmit to men the words, under the form of orders, that he had entrusted to them.
If all men and women of the entire world obey the order of Christ given by the Church, then we shall all be able to contemplate one day the glory of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! May this be our most fervent desire on this day: to obey the Word of God by participating with faith and with love in today's Eucharist, just as the Most Blessed Virgin Mary always said "yes" to the Order of God, ever present in her!