CALLED, CHOSEN AND SENT: A HOMILY ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, YEAR B, BY FR. IFEANYICHUKWU HENRY NWOKORO CSsR, ST. ANTHONY’S AND MARY MOUNT, UITENHAGE
THE MISSIONARY GOD
Brethen: All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.: In this short reading we see the image of the Trinity. It speaks of us as being led by the Spirit, of us as children of God crying out Abba Father and of us being fellow heirs with Christ. This reading also recalls the story of Exodus when God led the people out of slavery into freedom. The Israelites suffered slavery in Egypt, until God saved them through the red sea. They were led by the Spirit of God, which we understand today as the Holy Spirit. This story is not just the story of the Israelites of the past, but our story as well. God does not only interfer in our lives, but He invites us to share in His life. God the Father, becomes our Father, because God the Son became our brother and God the Holy Spirit becomes our best friend, our greatest companion through life.
One thing that we can learn from the Trinity is that the Trinity is always on mission. God is never sitting back and enjoying His life, to speak in human terms. In the Old Testament, we see a God who is always involved in the life of the people. We see a God who is always appearing to someone and giving instructions, guidance, etc. He is like a restless God, either coming to us himelf or sending someone to us. That could be called the era of God the Father. In the New Testament, we see Jesus Christ, not just coming to us, but becoming one of us. He was born like any of us and went through all the experiences we go through, even death. He becomes our way to the Father. He was very busy teaching, instructing, healing, etc. He was always on the road; he was always on mission. We can say we have a missionary God. After his ascension, he sent the Holy Spirit. Even though we cannot see him with our physical eyes, we know that the Holy Spirit is with us leading us everyday through life. We get an image here of a very outgoing God, who within the Trinity (Intra-Trinitate) has no needs, but outside the Trinity (Extra-Trinitate) is very busy in our lives. Why? Because he loves us so much that he cannot be indifferent to us.
THE CHOSEN RACE
Moses spoke to the people, “Ask of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? Or has God ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? “Know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God gives you for ever.: God invites us to share in his life and he does so strategically. He first chose the people of Israel and called them his Chosen race. By so doing, it would appear that God has chosen one group of people over and above another group of people. It would appear as if God, who is the Father of all, now has favorites. The Israelites did not understand why they were chosen. They were chosen, not in other for them to look down on, and condemn other people, but in order to reach out in mission to other nations. They were chosen so that through them, other nations will come to know the Lord. But they did not understand why they were chosen. They thought they were chosen because they are better than other nations. Therefore, God becomes one of them in order to establish this mission properly.
JESUS MISSIONS HIS DISCIPLES