Homiletic Tips for Trinity Sunday
by: Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.
“God so loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal I life.” (John 3:16).
1) The Triune God teaches us to love with the unique and distinct love of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit;
2) The Father sent his only Son to us so that we will experience his loving presence: ‘God-with-us’;
3) The Son gave his life for us, his sacrificial love for our salvation: ‘God-for us’;
4) The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father as the fulfilled promise of the Son to dwell in us forever: ‘God-in-us’ (by virtue of baptism);
5) The Trinity challenges us to ‘be-with-others’, ‘be-for-others’; and ‘be-in-community’;
6) A final thought: The world promotes a culture of individualism and selfishness. The Blessed Trinity calls us to selfless love. In the words of St. Augustine: “if you see love, you see the Trinity.” (De Trinitate, VII, 8, 12: CCL 50, 287). For Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: “To be able to love a great love, it is not in how much we give but how much loving is put in the giving.”
Advise to preachers: “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” (Oliver Goldsmith)