May 22, 2016


May 22, 2016:  Most Holy Trinity

13 connections with today
even though I forgot to don one
Legend at bottom


For the psalm
More, with comments, on LectionarySong
    Don't forget Holy Spirit music; today is the octave of Pentecost
    For next Sunday (both just written)
    Pope Francis Angelus
    Jesus knew how to be close to the realization of the Father's plan, which his death and resurrection would fulfill.  He ensures his followers he won't abandon them because the Spirit prolongs his mission.  The Spirit guides us into new life situations with an eye to Jesus and openness to events and the future.  He takes care of the wounded flesh of humanity from injustice, oppression, hatred, and greed.
    The Trinity is a family of three persons that's not closed in on itself but open.  Trinitarian communion embraces us all and encourages us to live in love and fraternal sharing, assured that where there's love, there's God.  Our being created in God's image calls us to live in solidarity and love for one another.
    • Prv 8:22-31  Thus says the wisdom of God:  "The Lord possessed me; from of old I was poured forth, before the earth.  I was beside the Lord as his craftsman and was his delight; and I found delight in the human race."
    • Ps 8:4-9  "O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!"  When I behold your workWho are we that you should care for us?  You made us little less than the angels, with glory, honor, and rule over your works.
    • Rom 5:1-5  Justified by faith, we have peace with God through Christ.  We boast in hope of God's glory and even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, character, and hope.  God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
    • Jn 16:12-15  "The Spirit will come and guide you to all truth.  He'll glorify me, declaring what's mine to you.  Everything the Father has is mine."
        Holy Trinity, fresco by Rossetti da Orta
      • Creighton:  When I was a child, my relationship with God had mercy at the center but also had awe and closeness.  The Creator knows, loves, and sustains me.  The Incarnation is summed up in the reflection of St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises, about the Trinity meeting to decide what to do with humanity and the mess we'd gotten ourselves into; he imagines the Trinity deciding to send the Son to redeem the world by becoming one of us.  Jesus has become a personal companion to me, but an ongoing barrier to the relationship is my sense of being unreliable.  Ignatius invites us to let ourselves become loved sinners called to an intimate relationship with Jesus and companionship with him in his mission from the Father.  We're invited to pray for the grace "to see him more clearly, to love him more intimately, so that we might follow him more closely."  The attraction comes with discovering Jesus and leads to affection and closeness; that draws us to want to be like him.  He teaches us how to love and shows us his limitless love for us; his love moves me to love like him.  When this love gets through my defenses, it's overwhelming.
      Jesus promised to send us his Spirit to gather and teach us.  The Spirit frees us to love heroically, sets us on fire, animates all that's good, holy, unifying, and loving, and confirms (strengthens, authorizes, and guarantees) God's movement in and around us.  The Spirit gives joy, peace, balance, courage, self-sacrificng gifts, the simple prayer, "Come, Holy Spirit!" is tremendously freeing.  May God renew us in our relationship with the three persons and open us to the graces each person offers us.

      • One Bread, One Body:  "Eternal, unique, triune relationships":  God is uniquely one, three Persons in one God, Trinity, Family, a Community of eternal begetting and "begottenness." The Father has been begetting and is always begetting the Son.  The Son is uniquely begotten, and the Spirit is the Fruit of the Father and Son's love.  God is a community of eternal sending:  the Father has been sending and is sending Jesus and the Spirit; Jesus also is sending the Spirit.  God is a community of eternal witnessing:  the Spirit witnesses to the Son, who is the faithful and true Witness of the Father, who also witnesses for Jesus.  God is Triune Community, and the relationships in this Community are unique.  God is transcendent; his triune life is a mystery, but he chose us to live in him and in Trinitarian love.
        Old Testament Trinity icon/ Rublev
      • Passionist:  Today's celebration is of God as God is, three persons in one God.  We need to remember it's a mystery.  The personification of Wisdom in the 1st reading speaks of God and his ways from before creation.  The Father, Word, and Spirit experience intimacy that overflows into creation.  From the start, our Triune God is with us, surrounding us with love and purpose.  Paul reminds us that God, through, with and in Jesus and the Spirit, has blessed us with faith that sustains us and gives us hope.  We can't articulate the mystery of the Trinity, but we live in it:  God doesn't live aloof from us.  Loving for God means being present, involved, and in and around us.  We call this the indwelling of the Blessed Trinity; it's given in Baptism.  Because of the Trinity's presence in us, God invites us to a deeper experience of himself, hearing and seeing him in our lives and understanding his love more and more.  God has chosen to be bonded with us in life, for life.  God walks with us and leads us to the Kingdom; this also makes us special in God's eyes.  Today we celebrate an amazing God who provides amazing love and encouragement in our life....
      •  "The Spirit will guide you into all the truth":  Jesus calls himself the source of truth when he proclaims that he is way, truth and life.  He promises to send the Spirit of truth who will guide them in understanding; he says the Spirit will reveal what's true.  Through the Spirit, who enlightens us, we come to understand that God is a trinity of persons.  The Jews understood God as Creator and Father of all, and Israel as God's firstborn.  Jesus reveals the Father in relationship to his Son, who is Son only in relation to his Father.  The Spirit is one with Father and Son.  The mission of Jesus and of the Spirit is to reveal God's glory and share it with us by uniting us in a community of love with Father, Son, and Spirit.  Jesus revealed the Spirit as 'Paraclete' and Helper who will be with, teach, and guide us.  The purpose for which God created us is entry into the unity of the Trinity.  In baptism we're called to share in the life of the Trinity on earth and evermore.
      "What an astonishing mystery!  There's one Father of the universe, one Logos [Word] of the universe, and also one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same; there's also one virgin become mother, and I should like to call her 'Church'" (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 in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Lord gives us his Spirit as Teacher and Helper that we may grow in knowledge and wisdom of God.  "May the Lord Jesus put his hands on our eyes, for then we'll begin to look not at what's seen but at what's not seen.  May he open the eyes 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 will endure" (Origen).
      • Trinity-trumped saint, from Universalis:  Rita of Cascia, married at 12, endured husband's insults and infidelities, helped convert him, reconciled family with his murderers, entered convent, and remained all her life.  Honored as patroness of impossible or lost causes.
      Dress legend
      • 'Owl' tie pin:  God's wisdom,... (1st reading)
      • 'Nail' tie pin:  ...the Lord's craftsman (1st reading)
      • 'Angel' pin:  You made us little less than the angels,... (psalm)
      • 'Feet' pin [this is the one I forgot]:  ...putting all things under our feet: (psalm)
      • 'Fish' tie pin:  ...the fishes of the sea (psalm)
      • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  We have peace with God (2nd reading)
      • 'Holy Spirit' chain, 'hearts' suspenders:  God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Spirit (2nd reading)
      • 'I ♥ my dad' tie:  Father of Holy Trinity
      • '[Sacred Heart of] Jesus' pin:  Son of Trinity
        • 3 stick figures, 1 tie pin:  Holy Trinity:  three Persons, one God
        • 'OneLife LA' button:  One God
        • White and red shirt:  white for Holy Trinity solemnity, red for unofficial Pentecost octave

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