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This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. This celebration reminds us that the God we worship has revealed God’s Self as Creating Father, Redeeming Son and Sanctifying Spirit ---- three persons, yet one God, undivided and of one essence. The preface for this Feast states: “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For with your Only Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit you are one God, one Lord; not in the unity of a single person, but in a Trinity of one substance.” While we may not be able to explain how this can be --- that it can be has been our faith since the beginnings of the Church.
Our Gospel for this Sunday is the last four verses of Matthew’s Gospel. In it Jesus commands his disciples: “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.”
In our first reading this Sunday, from the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the people of all that God has done for them. He then says: “This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other.”
Our second reading this Sunday is from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans. It reminds us that we have received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” This reminds us that God is not removed from our world and our lives. Rather, because of Jesus Christ, we are able to call on God with the intimate term of “Father.”
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
1. In the seminary, we had to take a class on the Trinity. Despite this, (or maybe because of it) at times I still struggle for words to explain/describe the Trinity. What words would you use to explain/describe the Trinity?
2. In the first reading this weekend, Moses reminded the people of all God had done for them. What has God done for you?
3. When does it mean for you to call on God as “Father?”