Our Gospel today, Trinity Sunday, gives us a direct responsibility from Jesus: “Go and make disciples of all peoples. This command, originally given to the disciples, was met with homage by some and doubt by others. Yet, Jesus came and spoke to all of them. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The disciples had learned and known about the Trinity during the three years they had spent with Jesus. The risen Jesus promises to be with the eleven in continuing his mission of baptizing and teaching his new law of love rather than rituals. To this day, we still use the very same formula in the rite of baptism
Today, we follow the example of Jesus by calling God Father or Abba; while recognizing him as creator and source of all that is good. We claim Jesus as one of us, God’s Son, redeemer and liberator. We live in the Spirit, and recognize that he is the giver of life, the sustainer and sanctifier, who brings together all that God has begun in creation and revealed to us in Jesus.
We are able to know the Trinity through scripture. The Old Testament tells us that God is the creator of all and also refers to him as the great I Am who hears the cry of the poor and enslaved. In Genesis we read that God stirs the waters. Isaiah tells us that the “Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel, knowledge understanding and awe. The prophet, Joel sees God as pouring out the Spirit on all of us. At Pentecost we as God’s Christians become aware that this prophecy is fulfilled.
All four Gospels tell us the Spirit comes upon Jesus at his baptism. We remember that we are told that a voice came from heaven stating that “You are my beloved Son.” Jesus confirms his relationship with God our Father when he teaches us to pray, “Our Father”. We, as Christians, accept the fact that the trinity is a communion of equals, not a monarchy, giving us community and mutual love as models of how to live on earth as in heaven.
The Spirit is mutual love, the Son is love from love, the Father is unoriginated love. Perhaps, it is time for us to ask ourselves how we address God in prayer and how do we experience God – within ourselves, in our relationships with others, in creation, and last but not least, in scripture?