June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
June 12th is the World Day Against Child Labor
Almost one in ten of all children worldwide are in child labour. While the number of children in child labour has declined by 94 million since 2000, the rate of reduction slowed by two-thirds in recent years. Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025. How can the world community get firmly on track toward eliminating child labour?
First Reading: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
Psalm: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55
Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 13:11-13
Gospel: John 3:16-18
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the “hierarchy of the truths of faith”. The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men “and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin”. (234)
The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the “mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God”. To be sure, God has left traces of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation throughout the Old Testament. But his inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel’s faith before the Incarnation of God’s Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit. (237)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to The Most Holy Trinity, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
To the people of our time, her traveling companions, the Church also offers her social doctrine. In fact, when the Church “fulfills her mission of proclaiming the Gospel, she bears witness to man, in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the communion of persons. She teaches him the demands of justice and peace in conformity with divine wisdom”. This doctrine has its own profound unity, which flows from Faith in a whole and complete salvation, from Hope in a fullness of justice, and from Love which makes all mankind truly brothers and sisters in Christ: it is the expression of God’s love for the world, which he so loved “that he gave his only Son” (Jn 3:16). The new law of love embraces the entire human family and knows no limits, since the proclamation of the salvation wrought by Christ extends “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). (3)
With her social doctrine not only does the Church not stray from her mission but she is rigorously faithful to it. The redemption wrought by Christ and entrusted to the saving mission of the Church is certainly of the supernatural order. This dimension is not a delimitation of salvation but rather an integral expression of it. The supernatural is not to be understood as an entity or a place that begins where the natural ends, but as the raising of the natural to a higher plane. In this way nothing of the created or the human order is foreign to or excluded from the supernatural or theological order of faith and grace, rather it is found within it, taken on and elevated by it. “In Jesus Christ the visible world which God created for man (cf. Gen 1:26-30) — the world that, when sin entered, ‘was subjected to futility’ (Rom 8:20; cf. Rom 8:19-22) — recovers again its original link with the divine source of Wisdom and Love. Indeed, ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son’ (Jn 3:16). As this link was broken in the man Adam, so in the Man Christ it was reforged (cf. Rom 5:12-21)”. (64)
God gave His only Son out of love for the world. An unfathomable abundance of love or do we chose to portray God in puny graces, stern acclamations, authoritarian mandates? Having a distant relationship, we define by our inability to live perfectly, with ideals, placed on pedestals, only negates God’s love. Ideology, theology demonizing people, with harsh, stereotype, name tags displays no essence of God’s love for the world. The cooperation with evil, by looking at labels of separation, instead of God given attributes of goodness. For to distance, cordon off sectors of society from our lives, Church, communities and humanity judges in the limitations of the human mind. The lack of failing to emulate God by living as children of God and ascend to a plane of thinking prioritizing love over judgement. A realm distanced from God, who sent His Son not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved by belief. A word of the heart, belief can be humanly transformed into a spiritual litmus test with check boxes instead of childlike sincerity. A place where people corral themselves by creating an expanse of parameters. Where they feel they must be perfect before starting a relationship with an initial step of belief growing in friendship with God. To realize mercy and graciousness are attributes of the Divine desiring us to grasp His kindness and fidelity. But do we walk around burdened by carrying stone tablets, weighting our self down, creating distractions, slowing our movement towards God, as we envision with fear His obsession with laws. Laws never understood outside of love. For only in the reciprocity of love will we see, understand and act as the Lord desires us to live. To follow commandments out of fear and piety negates the meaning of our relationship with the Trinity. The essence of Three as One desiring union with us in love. Fear is toxic in our relationship with the Trinity, to limit spiritual communication. A proverbial shield oppressing a meaningful bond to smother rejoicing, erase peace. Attributes we need to affirm in our lives and support in others. Carrying the yoke that is easy, lifting the burdens of others with encouragement, when we put our hope in the Lord by what we fix in our heart when we realize God’s love for us. When we cease to worship false gods, as the words of the prophet Daniel describes, in dismissing false gods of physical properties displaying monetary abundance, fake ideologies, obsessive piety or self satisfying emotions not rooted in the Trinity, many seem like a fiery furnace with contradictions, cultural tugs, leadership examples defying Divine reason. But grounded in love by belief in God, the Creator, Jesus, our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, we only return the love in praise with all creation. A witness to others we are rescued from despair by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and our fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Reflect on the litany of praise in the third chapter of Daniel and write your own litany of praise. Write it on parchment like paper, place in a frame and hang on a wall as a reminder to always praise the Most Holy Trinity.
Family Reflection: John 3:16-18
Use resources from Embrace Race to promote racial understanding in your children
June 13th is the feast day of St Anthony of Padua. He continually had new experiences in his life requiring surrender. Pray about what God is asking you to surrender to the providence of God. St Anthony, Pray for us.
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By Barb Born June 4, 2020 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.