Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Fr. Kyle
Homily transcription: 

When I was in seminary, there was a great story about one of the professors who used to teach at our University, the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, back in the 60’s.  His name was Fr. Garrigou Lagrange and every Sunday he would offer a free lecture at the University and it would pack the auditorium with hundreds of people who would come to learn about God.  One day he was going to preach about God, the Holy Trinity.  He set out all his lecture notes on the desk and put up some talking points on the blackboard.  He began his lecture and said, “God is…” and then paused in silence for about 20 seconds.  He began again and said, “God is…” and then paused for another period of silence.  Finally, he gathered up his papers and said, “I think that’s enough for today.” And walked out of the room. 

With something like the Holy Trinity, the temptation is to just say, “well, it’s just a mystery that we can’t understand.”  But one of the great things about our Catholic faith is that we don’t shy away from mystery, we dive right into it.  As one of my priest friends says, sometimes we need to put on our pool floaties and wade in the mystery of God’s love.  Perhaps more important than understanding God is experiencing God.  Even though we may fail to understand the Holy Trinity, we can still enter into the mystery.  To take a leap of faith to experience God who is a loving Father.  To spend time with the Son who is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament that we receive at mass.  To treasure the indwelling of the Holy Spirit infused in our very being by the sacrament of baptism.

After Fr. Garrigou’s lecture which only consisted of him saying, “God is” it was said he spent the rest of the afternoon in the chapel, probably wading in the mystery that is God.  The Holy Trinity is a mystery that we cannot fully understand.  But that should not cause us to avoid the mystery of God; it should excite us to dive in and experience that mystery.