The Most Holy Trinity, 16th June, 2019

Gospe:  St  John 16:12-15

Holy Trinity Andrej RublevJesus said to his disciples:

‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’

Gospel of the Lord

Donal Neary S.J.
Gospel reflections
www.messenger ie

Beginning of time – wisdom

Wisdom, truth and love seem to be the themes of readings today, and that love will lead to hope.

It’s a confusing sort of feast, as we cannot understand the truth of the Trinity But we can ‘hit’ it from different angles.

The wisdom of God has been born before the beginning of time. Somehow wisdom is essential to God – and is presented very often as female. In celebrating the Trinity we celebrate and ask for wisdom, which comes from the heart of God. So this wisdom is the sort of wisdom that comes from love.

Love is ‘poured’ into our hearts by the Spirit. Connected with love are qualities we would want to live by – courage and hope. These are the gifts of the Spirit as wisdom may be the gift of the Father.

Jesus is presented by the gospel as the source of truth. His also is the truth of love, as his truth is best seen on the cross, in his self-sacrificing love.

The most famous icon of the Trinity by Rugenev,( c/f icon above) well-known to us now, has the Trinity at a table and an empty space at the table for us all. In one sense they are not completed without us! We are part of their love, and their life of wisdom, truth and love, which they wish to share with us.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,  is now and ever shall be,
world without end. 

Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from  Mass Readings and Sunday Homily -

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