The good news we hear on Trinity Sunday is that the Risen Lord wants us to share divine life with Him in the oneness of intimate familial love with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The apostolic mandate to baptize “in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit” signifies that the person baptized belongs to the Trinity of persons and enters into an intimate relationship with them. Baptism, then, is the “sacrament of the Trinity” for it makes us share in the life of the one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the baptismal waters we are immersed into the life of the Trinity and consecrated to the Triune God: to the Father as His adopted children; to the Son as His brother/sister and disciple; and to the Holy Spirit as His holy temple.
The Easter gift of the Holy Spirit is the principle of the Church’s mission. The renewing Spirit breathed forth by the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday is the same power that animates the Church on Pentecost as it proclaims the Gospel to all nations. The Spirit is alive and at work today. As the Spirit of truth, He makes the saving event of Jesus accessible to all through time and space. Christ’s revelation of divine love is complete, but our understanding is not. We need the guidance of the Hoy Spirit to fully perceive Christ as the suffering-glorified Lord and to welcome Him into our life. Through the Spirit of truth, we delve into the pascal event of Jesus and experience His eternal light and perfect love.
Today we celebrate the ascension of the Lord who “sits at the right hand of God”. “Sitting at the right hand of God” is not a static symbol, but an indication of power and authority as Son of God. This feast is also a celebration of His new and enduring presence: He is present in the living Word, proclaimed, prayed and lived; in the worshipping assembly gathered in His name; in the Eucharist and other sacraments; in His Church; etc. His presence among us is far beyond the power of the human eye, but well within the grasp of the believing heart. The continuing presence of the Risen Lord in our lives likewise confirms His missionary mandate to us, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature”. The “gospel” we need to proclaim in not a set of doctrines but the person of Jesus Himself. We also need to complete the gospel in our lives in in others.