God the Father

Trinity Sunday 2016

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Gospel Reflection for Trinity Sunday Year C – May 22nd 2016

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available.


Jesus 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.’

John 16:12-15


We need ways to name God. Some religions name hundreds of gods. All different names for God. We have our names given us by God – father/giver of life; son/the one like us; spirit/the energy for goodness in the world. These names are so full that they are persons.

A strange  feast! God has three names, three persons called by name. We don’t grasp this mystery, but it invites us to faith in total love.

Reblev_Trinity_IconI like it that my God has these three names – he is father and mother also, and a Spirit of love between himself and the Son. He is not a lonely God. God wants us with him and to be with us.

The Trinity infuses goodness in three different ways. Like a parent, like a friend, like the goodness of love in a family or a group. The Trinity is active: they are goodness poured out.


The space in the love of the Trinity is open to all, our faith, other faiths and no faith at all. And a big welcome to people who haven’t come for a while.

Pope Francis: “Those who approach the Church should find the doors open and not find people who want to control the faith. We are many times controllers of faith, instead of becoming facilitators of the faith of the people.” (May 25, 2013).  Deciding who can go to communion and who cannot; who are in favour with God and who are not. Placing burdens too heavy on people – this is not the open door. God is an infusion of goodness and mercy. Goodness includes mercy and forgiveness, but first of all, love. Today is a feast of thanks rather than a problem. Thanks for the open space of the Trinity. God is good!

Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger