Bro. Azam Vianney Mansha
It is the belief of the People of God that Trinity is a mystery. Most of the time, few of us say, ‘since Trinity is a mystery’ so we do not need to speak and know. Indeed, Trinity is a mystery! But I believe that we do not only need to speak, but we do need to put into action. Let me share with you the words of Meister Eckhart, a Dominican philosopher and theologian who says:
When the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy, that joy gives love, and that love is the Holy Spirit.
(Extracted from, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Faith by Tony Hendra [Random House Pub., 2004], 251).
Jesus finds pleasure in doing the will of the Father (Jn 4:34). The Father laughs and find joy in the work of Jesus because the Son is doing His will (Jn 6:38). This joy of the Father is contained in Jesus and handed over to us in order to continue the will of the Father in our day to day life through the sacrament of our baptism.
We heard in today’s Gospel that Jesus sends his disciples (Mt 28) as he was sent by the Father (Jn 17:18) so our initial call is to be sent and bring divine pleasure which brings joy and that joy gives love, i.e., the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told his disciples to do only thing, i.e., to make disciples through baptism and teaching (Mt 28:19-20). When a disciple baptizes a believer, it is the joy of Jesus. He laughs back to the Father to say that “your kingdom come and your will be done” (Mt 6:10). In baptism as St. John Eudes says, ‘a believer enters into a relationship!’ Yes, we do enter into relationship with the Trinity through the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This relationship enables a believer to become a disciple of Trinity, i.e., an ambassador of laughter which gives pleasure to the Father, brings joy between the Father and the Son and generates the love i.e., the Holy Spirit. This love comes to us through the perfect union of the Father and the Son. As a disciple of the Trinity, we are invited to carry this DIVINE LOVE and live our initial call of baptism, i.e., glorifying the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit through our little ways (St. Therese of Lisieux).