“I Have Much More to Tell You” is the homily title today, taken from Jesus’ lips
Could we imagine all that there is of which Jesus want to tell us, beyond what we know now? Oh, He says that is MORE (even MUCH MORE) that our Lord and Savior Jesus wants to tell us. To his loyal apostles, He adds, “but you cannot bear it right now– this receiving more– but The Spirit Whom I will send will help you receive MORE. So, cooperate with the Spirit of Truth coming to you.”
I have much more to tell you. That line and theme does sounds like a joke on me, who always wants to tell a lot in my homily messages, in these short times I have in the pulpit here to preach and teach and exhort and inspire you. To some I have succeeded and satisfied you. To others, I held your interest, but maybe not so much inspired you with my subjects or points. To still some others, you just did not want me to take long to say it– for one reason or another– and some liked my preaching, and others didn’t.
‘Don’t go too long, Father, as we can only take so much!’ I have seen that message on a few faces in the pews numerous times through the decade. A few of you have voiced your displeasure with homilies of mine that normally have gone beyond the five-and-a-half-minutes you wanted me to take. Yes, I’ll admit it, I have served some overflowing plates of preaching through the decade here. I just have wanted you to have a lot to consider for your faith growth, but maybe now and then I could have pulled up a bit shorter in some messages, and said: I have much more to tell you… but not today! And some of you might have said: ‘Whew! Thanks for the brevity this time.’
I could make this Holy Trinity real short today, too, but just saying one line: The Mystery of the Holy Trinity is just that– a mystery.
And I could move us then right away into the Creed, and have Mass done in 39 minutes……………….. Sorry, that would be too obvious and trite here!
In this time of year, Pentecost into Trinity into Body and Blood Sunday, the Gospel takes us into John’s teen chapter messages. And there is a line in John 17 that sums up our journey into these liturgies of The Church, heading into Summer. It’s verse 3 that goes “And THIS is eternal life, that they might KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent…” We need to know God and via His revelation in Jesus Christ. It’s gospel nuggets like that which compel me to try to stir your thirst for knowledge in the Holy, and give you all I can from the pulpit, albeit in my imperfect manner and delivery and clarity. I just wanted to stir you, and myself, to hunger and thirst for the knowledge of God, even in this life on earth, before what comes in the next.
What is it today I am pondering aloud for you? It is about Jesus – Who has always existed as the Wisdom at the Father’s side – who came as Revelation to us. Jesus said it that “no one has seen God in His Infinite Wonder, but now through Him we can have revelation… even that he or she who has seen Jesus can know the Father!
Yes, even those who have experienced Him, sweet Jesus… and experienced His saving love… His enlightenment….His bridge to the Spirit of Truth— can realize that God is seeking that hunger for He has much more to tell us, show us, and love in us. Do we desire it? Do we desire it?
The answer through the generations has been, YES, some people have really desired Him. And found Him. There is a title for Jesus in that category, as He is called The Desire of Nations. It comes in Scripture in Haggai 2, verse 7. Those digging for knowledge in the Bible can find God there in that verse coming fully alive to you in a Bible meditation or study.
Let me read it aloud for you out of the prophet Haggai: “I will shake all nations, and the Desire of all nations shall come” (Haggai 2:7). This fascinating verse apparently has a double meaning. It applies first to the rebuilding of the temple by Zerubbabel, and if you know a bit of your Jewish Testament history, the remnant steadfast Jews wanted their center and touch-point of God back with them. God’s prophet says that in that spirit for a rebuilt Faith, then God would promise to such that the wealth of the nations would flow into their temple in Jerusalem.
Jesus is that rebuilt temple, as He said in conclusion of His ministry, ‘there is a temple here that will be raised up in three days, for all the find their touch-point with God.’ And Jesus arose. And He lives, and His Body now is His temple for people to live in for the wealth of God and eternity to be found. “The Kingdom of God is among you,” Jesus said. “It is within you,” Jesus said. “I am a king, but as it is, my kingdom is not here like an earthly one, but it is with My Father…” “I and the Father are one.”… I am the Resurrection and Eternal life… believe upon Me… and live!”
In this Year of Grace, let us celebrate the grace or favor of God letting us to know Him.
So where does that leave us on Trinity Sunday? With accepting that Jesus alone can satisfy our desire to know – and He bestows on us the Spirit of truth to make it possible for an eternal relation with the Trinity.
That it is going to take a lot of steps to grow and reach the place where God is ready to receive us. We can take heart, the Holy Spirit is given for us to attain it. We just need cooperate. With a desire to know God more.
Yes, today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. There is Mystery in God, but He wants to unveil mystery to us to become knowledge and love. What I will exhort you on this Sunday is that the Trinity – an eternal relationship with the Triune God – is the one thing that will make you or me happy. We have a lot of misconceptions about what will make us happy; knowing God will make us happy. Knowing God is Life. So said Jesus– John 17:3. Hold on to that verse!
I know one more thing that can make you happy today: for me to stop my homily right here, at the 5 1/2 minute mark. Amen!