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Gospel Reflection

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Gospel Reflection

The Church closes the long Lent—Eastertide season with a feast that invites us to sit back and reflect upon the nature the God revealed in the Paschal mystery that we have been celebrating at such length. It was, of course, through the experience of that mystery and reflection upon it that the early Christians were led to know God as three Persons in the one divine essence. The doctrine of the Trinity is not, then, an arid theological puzzle. It is a necessary conclusion drawn from a sense of being grasped by, and held within, a divine communion of love.

The final paragraph of St. Matthew’s Gospel which supplies today’s Gospel ends on the most explicitly trinitarian note in the New Testament: the command to baptise ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. Having completed his mission on earth, the risen Lord, claims ‘all authority in heaven and earth’. Empowered with that authority the Church is to go out to the nations of the world and “make disciples” of them, communicating to them a sense of the outreach of divine love into the world, and the conquest of sin and death that the mission of Christ has achieved.

People who respond to the Gospel and receive baptism undergo an experience akin to that of Israel in the Exodus as described in the First Reading. Liberated from slavery (to sin), as members of God’s family, we genuinely participate here and now in the divine communion of love that is the Holy Trinity.

Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

 

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