The Blue Mountains Franciscan Church
Sermon Preached at Springwood by Br Simeon Efo on Sunday 22nd May 2016:
TRINITY SUNDAY. YR C.
Gospel: John 16: 12-15
“The Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth.”
May I speak in the Name of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Before I begin my sermon, I’d like to say it’s good to be back home where I belong, here in Australia. I am immensely grateful to my family for the opportunity to fly to South Africa to see my mum, and other members of my family there, most of whom I have not seen for 10 years apart from my mum who came to visit us in 2010, and was here for her 70th Birthday and also was here for my Diaconal Ordination. I thank you my parish community for your prayers for me whilst I was away. So now I am back, I can resume my priestly ministry among you all once again and it feels good to be able to do so.
As Ordinary Time resumes, two “solemnities of the Lord” are celebrated on the next two Sundays. Today’s celebration of the Trinity, originating in France in the eighth century and adopted by the universal Church in 1334, focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out upon us in the Sustainer Spirit.
In his final words to his disciples at the Last Supper, Jesus promises to send the “Spirit of truth [to] guide you to all truth.” The Son has revealed the Father to the Church; the Spirit of truth and wisdom keeps that revelation alive in the Church.
Trinity Sunday is a celebration of the many dimensions in which we discover the how and why of God: God, the Creator and Sustainer of all that lives; God, the Christ who became one of us to show us the depth of God’s love; the Spirit, the love of God living among us, the love that gives meaning and vision to us, God’s beloved creation.
Truth is an ongoing process; God continues to reveal himself in all time. He is not a silent God who ceased to reveal himself on the last page of Scripture. Through the Spirit dwelling within us and within the Church, God is still leading us into a greater realization of what Jesus taught in the Gospels.
What would you give to know all truth! Truth, however is not something we create nor is it our discovery. It is the gift of God who is the possessor and the giver of all truth. Jesus tells his disciples that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to reveal what is true. How can this be? Sceptics of truth don’t want to believe in an absolute Truth. If truth is objective, then it must be submitted to as freedom. Jesus told his disciples that the truth will set you free (John 8:32). The truth liberates us from doubts, illusions, and fears. Since God is the source of all truth, then the closer we draw to Him and listen to His word, the more we grow in the knowledge of Him and of His great love and wisdom for us.
To be a person of authentic faith means to seek out and face the truth — regardless of the consequences, regardless of the cost to egos or wallets, regardless of our doubts and cynicism and fear. To live our faith means to live the truth about love, justice and forgiveness with integrity and conviction, regardless of the cost.
Faith begins with realizing the Spirit of God breathing life into all that exists; faith then compels us to continue the creative work of God, to embrace and be embraced by the love of God that envelopes every wonder of nature and every manifestation of compassion.