Homily – Trinity Sunday C June 3, 2007

Homily – Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity
The Trinity, 1414 Workshop of Master of the Gerona Martyrology

For the past 3 years, the most watched television show in the country has been American Idol.

Each year, thousands of young aspiring singers compete in the hope of being voted the greatest performer in the nation.

So for the past 5 years or so, the U.S. has never been lacking in American Idol wannabees.

And in a similar way, since the fall of Adam and Eve, our world has never been lacking in World Idol wannabees — persons, spirits, or philosophies who are competing against each other for the title of god.

Past American Idol winners include Kelly, Ruben, and Carrie; and most recently, Taylor and Jordin.

Past World Idol winners include Zeus, Baal, and Thor; and most recently, Money, Sex and Power.

Who the currently reigning World Idol is, is determined the same way the currently reigning American Idol is: the one who gets the most votes.

But sometimes in the TV show, a contestant who doesn’t come in first place goes on to prove him or herself more talented and worthy than the winner.

And so it is was when in the days of Abraham, when all the mediocre idols of little to no talent were getting all the praise, the LORD to whom all power and glory belongs called Abraham to renounce all other gods and worship the LORD alone.

And as the children of Abraham began to multiply, in the days of Israel, to the Days of Moses, to the Days of King David and King Solomon, it was more and more clearly seen that this underdog God of the Hebrews was indeed the all powerful and only One True God.

And so, the whole purpose of the Old Testament was to teach people that out of all the thousands of contestants for World Idol, One and only one was worthy of that title, that there was only One God and that was the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.

But even in the Old Testament, something was different about the One True God.

For example, in the Book of Genesis God doesn’t say “Let me make man in my own image.” No, God says “Let us make man in our own image.”

And then there’s this very strange passage that says the LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth at Mamre. Looking up Abraham saw three men standing there. But then, at the end of the story, after they have dinner, there’s only one standing there! Three, One, what’s going on?

And then, when the fulness of time came, God sent His Son into the world. And Jesus the Son of the Father showed by His words and actions that He too was worthy of beating out all of the world idols and laying hold of the title of King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

And so the Four Gospels show us clearly that while there is only One True God, there appears to be two persons in that One True God, the Father and Jesus the Son.

But the Gospels hint at there being another Person, God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus tells the disciples to baptize not in the name of the Father and of the Son, but in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

And the rest of the New Testament combined with the Gospels makes this all clear. In the Acts of the Apostles we see the Holy Spirit working through the Apostles, doing and teaching the same things Jesus did and taught. In every land the Holy Spirit has entered through the missionary action of the Church, the Holy Spirit has outperformed all the competition.

And so we come to the greatest and deepest mystery of our faith, that the One Only True God is a Blessed Trinity of Three Divine Persons.

Three distinct Persons, one blessed Unity. Each Person retains their individuality while being totally One with the other two.

As we celebrate Trinity Sunday, may we who have been baptized into this Holy Trinity cast off all idols, American and otherwise, from the place in our heart that rightly belongs to Him. May this Eucharist grant us a greater share in that communion with the Father Son and Holy Spirit, with Mary and the Angels and the Saints, and with one another.

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