Trinity Sunday Year C
The Commentaries Summarised
As a Church we are in a web of wisdom that comes to us both from tradition and contemporary writers. This section offers a summary of some commentaries on the Gospel. Also below is a list of the books and articles that have been consulted in compiling this Sunday's "Pray As You Can" and which could be used for further reading.
This Sunday's Commentary
The Gospel reading for this Sunday is particularly apt for the mystery of the Trinity. Though the persons of the Trinity are mentioned in various New Testament books, most clearly in the baptismal injunction at the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel, there is little clear understanding of the Mystery and how the persons relate. So when Jesus says that he has things to convey to the disciples that they are not capable of understanding and for which they will need the wisdom of Spirit of God, we can readily apply this to our understanding of the Trinity. As Church and as individuals we are being led into a mystery beyond human understanding where we feel we are only being given hints and guesses at the edge of our knowledge. Indeed it took the Church some centuries of discussion to come to the definitions of Nicaea and Chalcedon that form the basis of traditional Trinitarian theology. These definitions still intrigue but with the support of the Spirit, we can feel that we are being led into the fullness of the truth that Jesus promises to us.
This reading explores the ways in which the persons of the Trinity give themselves to each other and in turn give themselves to us. Love is the ground of their being and it is only when we seek to emulate their self-giving love in our own human relationships are we able to have any true understanding of their mysterious loving. As we love, we are given some instinctual understanding that makes us realise even more how dependent we are on the wisdom of the Spirit.