Holy Trinity Sunday – Sister Marie Tighe, SNDdeN

May 22, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

May 26, 2024

Matthew 28: 16-20

Today in the Gospel Jesus reveals to us the names of the three Persons in the Trinity; Father; Son; and Holy Spirit.

In Scripture, great power and significance are attached to names. In the Book of Genesis this is apparent when God gives to Adam the task of giving names to all living animals and creatures. Naming them implies that Adam has power and responsibility for them.

Even though Jacob wrestles the whole night with God, God refuses to give Jacob God’s own name. To the Jewish sages, God’s name was so holy; so sacred that it could not be spoken aloud. The covenant name of God YAHWEH, when pronounced without the vowels it is YH, – WH, and this makes the silent sound of an inhalation and exhalation of a breath. When God created Adam, ‘YAHWEH breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.’ Each time we breathe, we are soundlessly pronouncing the name of God. Each breath we take is a renewal of God’s love and life in our very own being! So much power in a name!

Today in the last chapter of St Matthew’s Gospel in the last two verses of Gospel, there is an echo of the words spoken by God in the Book of Genesis. Jesus asks his disciples to baptize his followers into the name of the Trinity: Father – Son and Holy Spirit. He reveals a Trinity of relationship within Trinity’s own self. In Baptism we are immersed in that relationship shared in the Trinity. Looking back again to the first chapter of book of Genesis we read that, ‘God saw all he had made and indeed it was very good.’ God sees each and every human being that he has created as ‘very good.’ Each and every one of us is a loved child of God.

When we are baptized we are gifted with the power to relate to the Father as Jesus did and call the Father ‘Abba’. We know that our Father God will search for us and welcome us home when we are lost. Then we can rest in the loving kindness of the heart of our God.

In a dream before the birth of Jesus, an angel revealed to Joseph that Jesus would be named ‘Immanuel’ as was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah; a name that means’ God-is-with-us’. Today Jesus makes us the promise ‘I am with you always; yes to the end of time.’ In the Gospels we find many and various names for Jesus: Brother; the Way, the Truth and the Life; Friend; Bread of Heaven; Lord; Messiah; Master; Comforter; Healer; Light of the World; to recall but a few names for Jesus.

Do YOU have a special name for Jesus?

The Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Trinity is the Spirit of Love’. Paul in his letter to the Galatians tells us that the Spirit is the Gift-giver: ‘The Spirit brings love, joy, peace, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control.’ In our Baptism, as in the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit hovers over us and like Jesus we are given a new name. In the depths of our being God, names us ‘Beloved Daughter’ or ‘Beloved Son.

Since childhood we have become used to blessing ourselves by making the Sign of the Cross before we begin to pray, take a meal, or begin a task. Perhaps today on Trinity Sunday we may pause and recognize the power of the name we invoke. We pray in the name the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We pray in the power of the God whose whole essence is LOVE.

Cardinal Basil Hume at the HCPT (Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) taught the children in Lourdes at the Mass on Easter Sunday in 1996, to pray as they blessed themselves: God –You – Always – Love Me. For me, this is a simple yet profound way of immersing oneself in the love of the Trinity.

 

Matthew 28: 16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
The Gospel of the Lord

 

Meet Sister Marie Tighe

Born in 1940 Sister Marie Tighe was educated by the Sisters at Notre Dame High School St Helens. She trained as a Primary school teacher and entered with the Sisters at Ashdown in 1961. After the Novitiate she taught Infants in schools in Blackburn and Manchester. She spent a summer holiday helping to care for the sick Sisters in Parbold and saw the need for Sisters to be involved in the nursing care of our elderly sick Sisters. Marie trained as a nurse and then became the Infirmarian in our Communities in Standish, Dumbarton and Parbold. In 1998 she was missioned to the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides where she was the Parish Sister until health issues in 2013 made it necessary for her to return to Parbold as a patient. With the closure of our Parbold Community, Marie joined the Childwall Community.