June 15, 2014

Holy Trinity

June 15, 2014:  Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Readings
  • Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9  The Lord, having come down in a cloud, stood with Moses at Mt. Sinai, proclaimed his name, "Lord," passed before him, and cried, "The Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity."  Moses, bowing in worship:  "If I find favor with you, come along in our company.  Pardon us, and receive us as your own."
    Tagxedo word cloud 6-15-14
  • Dn 3:52-56  "Glory and praise for ever!"  Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, in the temple of your glory, on your throne; blessed are you who look into the depths, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
  • 2 Cor 13:11-13  Rejoice, mend your ways, encourage, agree, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.  Greet one another with a holy kiss.  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
  • Jn 3:16-18  God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so all who believe in him might have eternal life.  God did not send his Son to condemn the world but to save it.  Whoever believes in him will not be condemned...
Pope Francis
  • Angelus:  Love is at the heart of the divine life of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, a life of profound communion and perfect love.
The Holy Trinity is the model of the Church in which we're called to love as Jesus did; love is the distinctive mark of the Christian.  Bear witness to and announce ‘God is love,’ that God is not distant from or insensitive to us but close, and by our side, sharing our joys, sorrows, hopes, and struggles.  He loves us so much that he sent his only Son to save us.
The Holy Spirit, gift of the Risen Jesus, communicates God's life to us and makes us enter into the Trinity, a dynamism of love, communion, reciprocal service, and sharing.  A person, family, or parish that loves others for love's sake is a reflection of the Trinity....
  • See below for an excerpt from last year's Angelus.
Music
Reflections
    • Creighton:  The light of Eastertide and Pentecost renews in us the joy and amazement of faith:  God is not vague or a “spray” but tangible, not abstract but Love.  His love isn't sentimental but living, self-sacrificing, and renewing.  Thinking about God as love teaches us to love and give ourselves to others as Jesus did.  (Pope Francis Trinity Sunday 2013 Angelus).  Open up to a deeper relationship with God who can fill us with love:
      • Rest in and enjoy our merciful, faithful Father's embrace that allows us to surrender doubt, fear, wants, needs, wounds, judgments, and anger.
      • Long to know and love Jesus better, and ask for grace to live for others as he did.  Jesus is God's love become one with us on earth; God understands what it is to be human.  Being with him will draw us to love.
      • Let the Spirit help us choose mercy and reconciliation, care for the marginated, set us aflame, and allow us to be part of his work of renewal.  Though Jesus didn't leave us orphans, we can orphan ourselves by clinging to the illusion of "freedom" and identifying ourselves with what we do and have, but the Spirit can heal us and bring us true peace.
    • One Bread One Body:  "The mystery of the Trinity is the central one of Christian faith and life.  The mystery of God in Himself, it's the source of all the other mysteries" (Catechism, 234).  Because God is Trinity, we are family, and holiness is being one as the Father, Son, and Spirit are One, and we, though many, are the one body of Christ.
      • DailyScripture.net:  St. Clement of Alexandria: "What an astonishing mystery!  There is one Father of the universe, one Word of the universe, and one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same; there is also one virgin become mother, and I should like to call her 'Church.'"
      Origen:  "May the Lord Jesus put his hands on our eyes, for then we shall begin to look not at what is seen but at what is not seen.  May he open eyes that are concerned not with the present but with what is yet to come, may he unseal the heart's vision, that we may gaze on God in the Spirit, through the same Lord, Jesus Christ, whose glory and power endure through the ages."
      • Passionist:  We can "mend [our] ways" (reform our lives, turning away from the bad and improving the good) if we follow the Trinity's ways, sharing love and making peace.
      • Universalis:  (if not trumped by Sunday) Bl. Peter Snow, priest, and Bl. Ralph Grimston, martyrs
      Apparel
      • "Three persons," one tie pin:  Three persons, one God
      • "Stone" tie pin:  Moses went up Mt. Sinai with the two stone tablets (1st reading)
      • "Peace sign" tie bar:  Live in peace (2nd reading)
      • "Dove" pin:  The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you (2nd reading)
      • "Hearts" suspenders:  God loved the world so much... (gospel)
      • White and red shirt:  white for today, red for octave of Pentecost
      Dress your life!