Did you hear about the two cars that crashed head on? The cars were totaled, but amazingly the drivers were not injured. Getting out of their respective cars they introduced themselves to each other. One was Pat and one was a Mike. Pat said, “Isn’t it amazing that we were not injured.
“Yes,” said Mike, “and even this bottle of wine in my briefcase didn’t break.
“That calls for a celebration,” said Pat.
“Good idea,” said Mike. “We have no glasses, so why don’t you just drink first out of the bottle, and I’ll drink after you.”
So Pat takes a few swallows, equivalent to maybe a glass and a half. He hands the bottle to Mike, who proceeds to put the cork back on.
“Aren’t you going to have a drink?” asks Pat.
Mike responds, “Well…I’ll think I’ll wait until after the police report.”
At the Last Supper, Jesus prayed, “(Father) I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, even as you, Father, are in me and I in you”(John 17:20-21).
In the Eucharistic Prayer II at Mass we pray these words, that“partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.”
What is this oneness, why is it important, and how do we make it happen?
Imagine two people who seem very far apart. What starts to bring them together is forgiveness, reconciliation. Those two sentences, “I am sorry,” and “I forgive you,” begin a mending process, a unifying process.
People grow closer when they share tears. Sorrow that is held in common and compassion that is mutual melts hearts and brings them closer together.
Sharing a meal is a very normal way of growing closer to others. When we dine together, be become “com-panions,” people with whom we share bread. (Latin “panis” – bread)
Praying together unites people. There is a bond among those who utter their needs and express their gratitude together in prayer to God.
Singing together unites people. Many voices become one voice, joined in melody and rhythm.
Laughter unites people. Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between people.” From a small grin to a large belly-laugh, light-heartedness makes us feel a closeness with one another.
Awareness of living on the same planet can unite us. We are all warmed by the same sun, breath the same air, are held down by the same gravity. We share the same need for water, food, rest, and health. We share the same moment in time.
For Christians, baptism unites us. Washed clean in sacramental water, we are united to Christ and become one body in Christ. A hundred pianos turned to the same tuning fork are all tuned to each other. By baptism all of us are tuned to Christ and thereby tuned to each other.
Marriage unites two people. Two become one flesh. Like the right hand and left hand, husband and wife have to work together because now they are one body.
Finally, the most powerful uniting force in the world is love. St. John tells us that, “ God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.” (1 John 4:16).
In the Roman Liturgy of Canada, we read, “Marriage… is the most powerful symbol of God’s love for the world.”
I would state further that the family is the next most powerful symbol of God’s love for the world. And the third is friendship. A successful marriage, a successful family and a successful friendship are bound together by love, made one by a love that is unconditional, total and forever. That love reflects who God is.
The mystery of the Trinity – and it is a mystery – is all about relationship. The Trinity becomes somewhat understandable when we experience happy relationships in marriage, in family and in friendship.
Finally, our first reading today tells us that the Wisdom of God “found delight in the human race”(Proverbs 8:31).
In chapter 62 of Isaiah we read, “As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so shall your God rejoice in you” (Isaiah 62:5).
In Psalm 149 we are told that the Lord “takes delight in his people”(Psalm 149:4).
And the prophet Zephaniah states, “God will rejoice over you with gladness. He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals”(Zephaniah 3:18).
Yes, God takes delight in his creation. God sings out of love for us. (And my guess is that God sings in three-part harmony!) In simple terms, God likes us.
On this feast of the Holy Trinity,
may the extravagant love of God the Father,
the amazing grace of Jesus the Son,
and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit,
be with all of you.