The two Sundays after the season of Easter are the two great themed Sundays – the first celebrating the Trinity, and the second celebrating the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Gospel reading on the first of these, this year, comes from John’s Gospel, and in the passage Jesus tells of the support we will be given better to understand his revelation, his teaching.
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’
Part of that truth to which the Spirit has led the Church is the knowledge of God as Three and as One. We know the language, and have glimpses of what the language means, but still, surely, have as yet very little comprehension of the reality. Even so, the little we know can sustain us greatly.
The glimpse of the inner life of God hinted at in this Sunday’s Gospel, for example, with the persons of God cooperating and sharing, each serving, honouring, the other, gifting themselves for the benefit of the other: and – wonder of wonders – for the benefit of us too.
God the Father. Rock salt carving in Wieliczka Salt Mine, nr Cracow. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.