Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virginia
While all of the Gospel is “Good News,” the tradition and readings of Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, are particularly “Good News” for us. The love of God, the way God’s love could be generated and shared within, between, and among the three persons of the Trinity may help teach us crucial aspects about God’s love, about God’s extravagant, eternal, dynamic and relational love. It is dynamic and relational amongst the three-persons of the Trinity, which is self-perpetuating and eternal, and it is dynamic and relational in its movement to, through, and for humanity and all creation.
While we are incapable of understanding the Mystery, as devoted followers of Jesus Christ, we might be able to begin to glimpse what Sunday’s readings tell us about God’s love and to what we are called. In the Gospel, which begins, “God so loved the world that God gave the only begotten…,” we see a glimmer of God’s love, a love so vast and so untethered to anything but the love of God for us, a love generated, expressed and given by the Trinity, that our response as Christians can be, must be, to place ourselves in God’s presence, to be love and to be loved. According to Sister Lynn Levo, our life’s purpose “is to love and be loved and to give our life in service to others.” This seems a model, even a perpetuation, of God’s Trinitarian love in which we can and must participate.
Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.