Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Mystery Amid Mayhem
We live in the information age. When in doubt, go to your smart phone or
computer and Google your question.
The Age of Information has provided us with whatever facts we need at our
finger tips, but it has also assaulted the very concept of faith. Because explanations
can be found for most of the questions we may have, we feel cheated when we come
upon unanswerable questions, questions like: "Why do good people die? What
happens after death? Does God exist? What is God like? Who, really, is Jesus
Christ? How has the past become the present and the future? How is it that the Christ
can be with the Father yet still with us?"
People of faith realize that mystery can be found throughout life. Instead of
questioning the unknowable, people of faith see in the very presence of mystery the
presence of God, the Holy One. Holy, by the way means completely separate from the
Sadly, many people refuse to recognize the existence of Mystery. Their lives
revolve around the here and now, the physical. They have led our society into
mayhem. "If it feels good do it," is the modern expression of ancient Hedonism. It has
resulted in a total lack of responsibility for actions, a total rejection of the greater good
of society, a total assault against the concept that we are accountable to God for our
lives. It has produced the insanity that really reached a new lows in the arguments
supporting partial birth abortion that refuse to consider the possibility that the child
feels pain and suffers.
The rejection of the spiritual, the rejection of Mystery, has led to chaos in our
In the middle of this, we come to Church this week and are confronted with the
Doctrine of the Trinity. I suggest that for us in 2016, it is not the details of the dogma
that are important. What is important is the fact that the unknowable exists. More than
that, the Holy, that which is completely separate from physical life, has infused the life
of the believer with the spiritual, with the Life of God.
The Eternal Creator of the universe shocked us by establishing an intimate
relationship with us. At baptism we receive his life. Our bodies are sacred, holy,
because we are the dwelling place of God. He has bestowed infinite dignity upon
us to such an extent that we have been given the right to call the Second Person of
the Trinity, Jesus the Christ, our brother.
As Christians we have been called to restore Mystery amid the mayhem of our
society. We do this by focusing our lives on the One who is both transcendent and
intimate, Jesus Christ. He is one of us, with us always. He is the eternal Son of the
Father, present at the dawn of Creation, sitting at the Right Hand of the Father,
sending his Spirit, the Holy Spirit to empower us to make sense out of the irrationality
of life, to put the Order of God into the chaos of materialism.
Every action of our lives must be grounded in our union with Jesus Christ. You
folks who come to church this weekend are serious Catholics. You come to church for
more than the sentiments of Christmas and Easter. You do not attend Mass to keep
other people happy. You attend Mass because you need the Lord in your lives and in
the lives of your families. Perhaps you are attend to ask God to help you make Him
real for your children. Perhaps you are here asking Him to help you experience His
Presence in others and provide others with an experience of his presence. Perhaps
you are here asking God to help you draw closer to Him every day of life that you have
left. Probably you are here for all these reasons. You are here to bring the Holy Order
of Mystery into a world of chaos.
You and I are Christian because the world desperately needs us to be Christian.
The world needs us to establish a close relationship with others, while at the same time
live for the Lord. The world needs us to provide others with an experience of the
spiritual. This is the mission, the command, that Jesus gave before his Ascension:
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations."
The mystery of the Trinity is more than an esoteric doctrine of faith. It is a
model for the Christian lifestyle. We are called to be in the world, intimate, yet not of
the world, transcendent.
We are called to bring Mystery amid the mayhem.