Reflection by Aidan Troy [Aodhán O Troighthigh] Please note: only the view of the above.
This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is God’s family. There is only one God but not a solitary God. God as Father loves the Son. That love is the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is not primarily a doctrine to be explained. It is a network of relationships that gives us a peep at the heart and soul of God.
Last weekend, I saw a trinity of events that spoke so clearly of God and love. The children on Saturday morning making their First Communion shone with joy and happiness. They were nervous, but happy. They were full of questions for me – some of which were not easy to answer. Once again, it came home to me why Jesus has shown a child to be the model of His Kingdom. They are Jesus in our midst.
Scarcely had the Communions ended and the cake cut for the party, then I began to prepare for the Confirmation of Adults at Notre Dame Cathedral. There were 400 Candidates – average age about 30 years – who assembled with their sponsors to receive the anointing with the Holy Spirit. St Joseph’s had one candidate and along with her Parents it was an event of immense significance and joy. In this age, surely this is ‘good news’ to be proclaimed?
After a few hours’ sleep, Pentecost Sunday dawned. The sun shone. Then in the afternoon the third great event was the Confirmation of 33 young people by Bishop Denis Jachiet, with us for the first time. With their parents and relatives, some of whom travelled long distances, this step to adult faith was taken. Another cake was cut in the garden and people stood chatting in glorious sunshine. I got the feeling, ‘it is good for us to be here.’ God was in our midst. The Holy Spirit was in the air and the breath of the Spirit inspired us.
Such a Trinity of events speak clearly to me of a God of love. Scholarly writing on the mystery of Trinity is good and needed. But, if we don’t find God loving us in the Son and giving us the Spirit here, we search for a meaning, which can be hard to find.
The meaning and gift of God is before us – in the spontaneity of the child who loves Jesus; in the decision of an adult who steps forward on a Saturday night and declares themselves for God. The Spirit is revealed in the school student, not embarrassed to declare their belief in God.
On Pentecost Sunday night I went to bed knowing that I am truly blessed to have been in the company of God revealed in these three ways on one weekend.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.