Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Cycle C

The Most Holy Trinity

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 John 16.12-15

“I still have many things to say to you”

For the past few weeks the liturgy has brought to us the last discourse of Jesus with his disciples during the Last Supper. There is so much he wants to share with them before his death, to reassure them of the Father’s love, of his own continued presence among them, and to allay their fears with the promise of the Holy Spirit. It was all much more than they could take in all at once, and yet there was so much more still to be said, and Jesus sighed this comment that “I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now”. But no fear: “the Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth”.

This does not mean that there will be any further revelations after the death of Jesus. St. John speaks of Jesus as the Word of God, the totality of revelation of God; there is no addition to what Jesus has revealed. But the message of Jesus has hidden depths and demands that the Holy Spirit will make known to us. The Spirit will lead us, gradually and over time as new questions and insights occur, to a deeper understanding and also to a more faithful following of the message of the Gospel.

Jesus speaks quite easily of himself in relation to the Father, and of the Spirit in relation to both the Father and himself. It would take a long time to formulate the ‘doctrine’ of the Blessed Trinity, a prime example of hidden depths waiting to be explored and explained. Yet what Jesus says here grants us already a simple and profound introduction into an appreciation of God as Father, Son and Spirit. He speaks to us of the Father who loves us, of himself the Son who saves us, and of the Spirit who dwells within us. We believe in one God, a Communion of Persons bound together in eternal oneness of infinite love, in whose image the human race has been made.