May 31, 2015


May 31, 2015:  Most Holy Trinity

  • 'Eyeball' pin:  Did any god take a nation from the midst of another as the Lord did for you before your very eyes? (1st reading); The Lord's eyes are on those who fear him (psalm)
  • 'Clock' tie bar:  I'm with you always (gospel); Our soul waits for the Lord,... (psalm) 
  • 'Shield' tie pin:  ...our help and our shield. (psalm)
  • 'I ♥ my dad' tie:  You received a Spirit of adoption through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” (2nd reading) (Father of Trinity)
  • '[Sacred Heart of] Jesus' pin:  Son of Trinity
    • 'Holy Spirit' tie bar:  Spirit of Trinity:  those led by the Spirit of God are God's children. (2nd reading)
    • '3 stick figures together' tie pin:  Holy Trinity:  three Persons, one God
    • 'OneLife LA' button:  One God; promote culture of life (Pope's audience)
    • White shirt and socks:  color of Holy Trinity solemnity

    Selections from LectionarySong
    Don't forget Holy Spirit music; today is the octave of Pentecost

    Pope Francis
    Angelus:  Today we honor the most fundamental Christian belief, the mystery of the three equal, indivisible Persons of God; the celebration renews in us our mission to live in communion with God and each other.  We're called to live with, for,and in others, not without, above, or against them; this means welcoming and witnessing to the Gospel's beauty; loving each other, sharing joy and suffering, and learning how to forgive.  The Holy Spirit guides us towards full knowledge of Christ’s teachings, and Jesus came to acquaint us with the Father; everything revolves around the Trinity.  Live remembering for which glory you exist, work, fight, and suffer, and the immense prize you're called to participate in.  May Mary help the Church to be a hospitable community where everyone, especially the poor and marginalized, finds a warm welcome.

    To Science and Life Association  Christ's love urges us to become servants of the small and the elderly, of everyone, recognizing and protecting the primordial right to life.  Fix your gaze on the sacredness of life and the human person, so that science may be at our service, not vice versa.  Society’s progress is measured by its ability to protect life, especially in its most fragile stages.  Remember attacks on life:  abortion, leaving people on the boats in the Sicilian channel, death in the workplace, malnutrition, terrorism, war, violence, euthanasia....  Promote a culture of life, and embark in fruitful dialogue with the world of science.

    • Dt 4:32-34, 39-40  Moses:  "Did anything so great ever happen?  Did a people hear the voice of God from fire and live?  Did any god take a nation as the Lord did for you?  The Lord is God; there's no other.  Keep his commandments, that you and your children may prosper, and that you may have long life"
    • Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22  "Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own."  The Lord's works are trustworthy.  He loves justice and right.  By his word the heavens were made.  The Lord's eyes are on those who hope for his kindness.  Our soul waits for the Lord, our help and shield.
    • Rom 8:14-17  Those led by the Spirit of God are God's children.  You received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Papa!”  The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we're God's children and heirs, joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer and be glorified with him.
    • Mt 28:16-20  The eleven disciples worshiped Jesus but doubted.  Jesus:  "All power has been given to me.  Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I commanded you.  I am with you always."
        Holy Trinity, fresco by Rossetti da Orta
      • Creighton:  "God is not something vague, abstract, sentimental, or a 'God spray'; he's tangible, Love, with the love of the Father, origin of life, the love of the Son who died and was raised, the love of the Spirit who renews us all.   Thinking that God is love teaches us to love and give ourselves as Jesus did. Jesus walks beside usthrough life." (Pope Francis, Trinity Sunday 2014)
      Celebrate today not by thinking about concepts about the Trinity but rather by opening your heart to a deeper relationship with God, who is love.  We can have a relationship with each Person of the Trinity:  resting in the the merciful and faithful Father 's embrace (surrendering doubts, fears, wounds, judgments, and angers), celebrating Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and presence (loving him and asking to lay down our lives for others as he did), and accepting the Spirit's healing and peace (celebrating his work in and around us, letting him express our deep desires, help us choose mercy, reconciliation, care, and peace, and letting him inflame us to renew the face of the earth).
      • One Bread One Body:  "Father's Day":  We're created to be baptized  (immersed) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, preoccupied with and consumed by the Trinity.  We enter into Trinitarian love and life through Jesus, the Way to the Father and the One Who baptizes us in the Spirit.  The Father reveals the Son, and the Spirit witnesses for Jesus, proclaiming Jesus as Lord.  To be drawn more deeply into God's love, the Spirit cries out in our hearts, "Abba, Father."  When we know the Father's love personally, we're immersed in the Trinity, though we may withdraw from it if we quench the Spirit by not trusting God, forgiving others, or repenting of sin.
        Old Testament Trinity icon/ Rublev
      • Passionist:  The Sign of the Cross is a powerful statement of faith; when I make it, I submit each action, deed, and thought to God.  When I say thank you, make someone laugh, work, or judge or hurt someone, God the Father, Son, and Spirit is there.  It’s easier to recognize God's work in good deeds and love we feel than in tragedy, betrayal, disease, and death.   O God, help me see you at work always and everywhere and act like a good and beloved child of the Trinity.
      •  Jesus' mission is to reveal God's glory to us and unite us with God in a community of love.  The Jews understood God as Creator and Father and understood Israel as God's firstborn son. Jesus revealed the Father in an unheard of sense:  by his relationship to his Son.   Jesus' and the Spirit's missions are the same.  Jesus revealed the Spirit as Paraclete and Helper to be with Jesus' disciples to teach and guide them.  In baptism we are called to share in the life of the Trinity.
      "What an astonishing mystery!  There is one Father of the universe, one Logos (Word) of the universe, and one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same...."  (St. Clement of Alexandria)
      The Spirit reveals the Father and Son to us and gives us faith to know and understand God's word.  Through the Spirit, we proclaim our faith.  Jesus promised that he would be with his disciples always and give them the Spirit's power to be his witnesses.  God's love and salvation is for the whole world.
      "May the Lord Jesus put his hands on our eyes also, for then we shall look not at what is seen but at what is not seen....  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 will endure...." (Origen)

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