THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON THE TRIUNE GOD
After he had fulfilled his mission, immediately prior
to his ascension into heaven, Jesus gave his final
instructions to his disciples. He issued the Great
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the holy
Spirit” (Mt 28:19)
This verse is the clearest expression in the Bible
of the reality of the Triune God. The Trinity is very
much connected with the continuing mission of Jesus
and his Church.
gave his marching orders. His followers were to become
evangelizers and missionaries. They were to proclaim
the good news of salvation to the whole world, baptize
them in the name of the Triune God, and disciple them.
Baptism meant entry into the Church and union with
the Trinity. Such union would be deepened and strengthened
through Christian formation in the faith, “teaching
them to observe all that” Jesus has commanded
In the name of the Father
Union with the Father is our restoration as children
had separated us from God and deprived us of paradise.
God sent His own Son Jesus to bring us back to Himself.
But when we accept the salvation won for us on the
cross, then “through faith (we) are all children
of God in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:26). “As
proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of
his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba,
Father!” (Gal 4:6).
as God’s children, we now have access to our
In the name of the Son
Union with the Son is our walking in his ways and
in imitation of him. This is what discipleship is
tells us to follow him, to walk in his ways, to obey
his commands. Paul exhorts us to have the same attitude
as Jesus (Phil 2:5), to imitate him as he imitates
Christ (1 Cor 11:1), to “grow in every way into
him who is the head, Christ” (Eph 4:15).
Jesus gave us a new commandment of love. We are to
love one another as he has loved us. This would then
be the mark of a disciple. “This is how all
will know that you are my disciples, if you have love
for one another.” (Jn 13:35). And the best way
we can manifest that love is to bring people to Christ,
so that they, like us, will experience the fullness
of the love of the Triune God.
directs us, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly
Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48). Our work of evangelization
and discipleship has the same aim. “It is he
whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching
everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone
perfect in Christ.” (Col 1:28).
In the name of the Holy Spirit
Union with the Holy Spirit is doing the very work
of God in the very power of God. This is what evangelization
and mission is about.
weak human flesh to do the divine work of God, we
need a power outside of ourselves. This is the power
of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised through the
baptism with the Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). God poured out
His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. On that day, Peter
boldly and effectively proclaimed the gospel, resulting
in the conversion of about 3,000 persons (Acts 2:41).
And the apostles went on to perform “many signs
and wonders” (Acts 5:12).
it was as Jesus promised. “Amen, amen, I say
to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that
I do, and will do greater ones than these” (Jn
14:12). The Christians went on to evangelize the whole
called to be evangelizers can call on this power.
“For this I labor and struggle, in accord with
the exercise of his power working within me.”
The call to be evangelizers
The Trinity involves us in its very own work.
of His great love for us, in accordance with His plan
of restoration, God sent His Son, Jesus. “For
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”
(Jn 3:16a). In turn, Jesus sent the Spirit. “But
I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I
go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come
to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
(Jn 16:7). In turn, the Spirit sends us. Saul and
Barnabas were “sent forth by the holy Spirit”
(Acts 13:4). The Spirit could also prevent them from
going on mission. When Paul and Timothy wanted to
go into Bithynia, “the Spirit of Jesus did not
allow them” (Acts 16:7).
commission to evangelize comes from God Himself. The
fulfillment of God’s plan is accomplished by
the Trinity through us. The Father sends His Son;
Jesus sends his Spirit; the Holy Spirit sends us.
are privileged to be children of God, disciples of
Jesus, and instruments of the Holy Spirit. Such a
gift is something we need to share with others.
we all be worthy of such a privilege.
starter for household meetings:
evangelize is to share with others the love of God,
the salvation won on the cross by Jesus, and the presence
and help of the Holy Spirit for practical Christian
living. How are you sharing this gift with others?
On the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity
June 7, 2009
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