Mt 28:16-20 Most Holy Love
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The Eleven Disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
O most holy Trinity, Undivided Unity; Holy God, mighty God, God immortal, be adored.
They saw him, worshiped him, but they doubted. They doubted??? How in the world could the Apostles have doubted if the Lord was standing right in front of them? Were they thinking this was a mirage or that they were out of their minds?
Some people might not understand what the Apostles felt. I do. It’s not hard for me to believe they doubted. And I want to give the sacred writer all the credit in the world for being honest about it. I can understand their doubts because even though the Lord has done some incredible, amazing, and even miraculous things for me, doubt still finds a place in my heart. It's not hard for me to remember how incredibly hard it was for me to accept His call. I thought to myself, “Is this possible? Does the Lord really want me to do this? I must be insane!”
Why does anyone doubt? Why do “I” doubt? The answer is frightening. It’s because “I” am one…and alone.
Yes, man is one and alone. I have no “other” inside of me to bounce an idea off of me. I am not a “trinity” of persons; “I am” one person. My thoughts, my words and my actions are mine alone just as my death is one and alone. “I” am alone, just like Adam was alone.
The two shall become one. For this reason, when God created man in his own image, he created man and woman. God said (in the plural), “Let us create man in our image.” And he did. He created man and woman. He created marriage. And by doing so, he made it possible for the two to become one. How amazing this is! I can actually be more one when I am two than when I am alone. Now we catch a glimpse of the mystery of the Holy Trinity that we were created from. Now it’s not so hard to believe that God can be more One by being Three Persons than by being alone.
But it gets even better…God said to Adam and Eve, “multiply”.
Not only do two people become one spiritually, emotionally and psychologically, but they become really one, physically. So much so, that you have to give it a name nine months later. Now the “image” is completed: three persons, one holy family. This image is so beautiful it often gets repeated time and time again. And then it becomes a disaster!!! But let’s not forget what God said, “in our image.” It’s not perfect, but it’s very close to the real thing.
Mystery. The fact that the Holy Trinity is a mystery should not scare us; it should not even amaze us. So let's never doubt it. The Holy Trinity is not a mystery because it doesn’t exist. After all, it’s not the only mystery that exists. Don’t you realize we are surrounded by mystery?
I surprised a lot of people the day I told them I was going to the seminary. They were shocked, but not as shocked as I. I think the one person I shocked most was myself. That’s when I realized that I am a mystery to myself.
We are a mystery to ourselves and we are a mystery to each other.
No matter how long you have been married, you will always be a mystery to your spouse and visa-versa. Moms and dads do not be taken aback when your child comes up to you and screams, “YOU DON’T KNOW ME!!!!” They are right. You don’t know them. And neither do they know you. They do not know your deepest fears, your deepest pains, your greatest desires or your worst fears and nightmares. They don’t know the joy you experience or the sadness you experience. They don’t know because they can’t live what you live. So much of who we are will remain a mystery. We can spend an entire lifetime revealing ourselves but we will never be able to reveal it all.
But Christ showed us the way. He revealed how to reveal oneself: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. The more you love, the more you reveal who you truly are. But the more you sin, the more you hide who you really are.
So then why does God remain a mystery? When it comes to the mystery of God, it’s a little different. God remains a mystery not because the Lord sins or because he does not love. The reason why the Lord remains a mystery is because His love overwhelms us. Yes, how He can love us so much is more than remarkable; it is incomprehensible.
And yet, we know enough to know that God is LOVE and God continues to love us.