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Dear friends, 

Very best wishes to all for the feast of the Holy Trinity.

The abstractions of the feast can terrify — perhaps rightly, leading us to silence, the proper language of God. Our word mystery come from the Greek verb muein, to close the eyes or the lips, that is, to be silent.

Silence is the language of god, all else is a poor translation. (Attrib. to Rumi)

The Trinity is not a puzzle, which in principle might be “solved”; rather, the Trinity is a mystery, a relationship, which can be explored infinitely, endlessly, joyfully, lovingly.

It may be better (and more pastoral) to take inspiration directly from the readings, which are closer to experience. Our loving God has made himself known in Jesus through Spirit. The ending of Matthew is a good example: God will be with us all, everywhere, all of the time.

Notes on the readings (PDF)here.
Gospel notes (audio)here.
Gospel notes (tablet/smartphone)here.

 

For those living in Ireland:
The Ecumenical Bible Week takes place this week.
Updated resources for the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

 

Some inspiration for the feast

(1) RS Thomas

I praise you because
you are artist and scientist
in one. When I am somewhat fearful of your power,
your ability to work miracles
with a set-square, I hear
you murmuring to yourself
in a notation Beethoven
dreamed of but never achieved.
You run off your scales of
rain water and sea water, play
the chords of the morning
and evening light, sculpture
with shadow, join together leaf
by leaf, when spring
comes, the stanzas of
an immense poem. You speak
all languages and none,
answering our most complex prayers with the simplicity
of a flower, confronting
us, when we would domesticate you
to our uses, with the rioting
viruses under our lens.

(2) Russian Orthodox Hymn to the Trinity

The images (Tchaikovsky) here on the video are stunning.

We who mystically represent the Cherubim,
and who sing to the Life-Giving Trinity
the thrice-holy hymn,
let us now lay aside all earthly cares
that we may receive the King of all,
escorted invisibly by the angelic orders.
With very best wishes, as always.
Biblical Resources
Kieran O’Mahony, OSA