June 15, 2014: The Most Holy Trinity
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Thanks solely to this encounter—or renewed encounter—with God’s love…we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption. We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others? (7 and 8) The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
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”.56 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”.58 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 travelling companions, the Church also offers her social doctrine. In fact, when the Church “fulfils 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” (Acts1:8). (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)
Last Sunday, Pentecost celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. A strengthening of faith to live as active believers sent forth into the world. On The Most Holy Trinity Sunday, strengthened by the Spirit, we are extoled to embrace the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the source of all faith’s mysteries. Inaccessible by our human intellect, attempting to discern The Most Holy Trinity with reason numbs the synapses of our brain, in trying to capture the enormity of the pondering skewed in infinity of dimensions. Less than two pages of the missal, highlights salvation history’s encounter and attempt to articulate The Most Holy Trinity. A God that stood with Moses to proclaim a disposition to mercy and graciousness, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity. Confronting the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down and worship the idolatry of human lures, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego glorified and blessed God exalted above all forever, for all ages, for the Son of God walked the journey with them. (Daniel 3:92) Out of love for the world, God ultimately gave His only Son, a merging of the divine with humanity. A gift, of eternal redemption, dispelling condemnation to be celebrated in fellowship with Holy Spirit.
With The Most Holy Trinity, who is, who was and who is to come (Alleluia scripture: Revelation 1:8), the Alpha and the Omega brokers all time and place. Our acceptance of belief in the mystery of The Most Holy Trinity, calls us to rejoice, as we experience liberation from the hollowness of idols beckoning. A rejoicing from not entrenched in striving for unattainable perfection of a sin free existence that can choke one’s ability to live a compassionate, caring life seeking reconciliation and unity with our brothers and sisters to mend one’s ways and live in peace. Peace with others and a profound peace of conscience knowing it is not about our futile self-absorbed trying, but accepting The Most Holy Trinity’s gifts with open hands, so what we receive, we can freely give. For life is not an avoidance of dealing with humanity, but offering our commitment to resolve spoken and unspoken ceasing from aggression and dominance towards a posture of peace flowing from our encounter with the ultimate mystery of The Most Holy Trinity.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Corinthians 13:11-13
What Catholic Relief Services educational resources or program might you share at your parish?
Family Reflection: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55
To dispel the consumerism of Father’s Day, how can the family honor their father by giving a micro finance loan to strengthen families globally?
God, thank you for your love of the world, humanity and all creation. Help us to realize the loving gift of your Son is offered for everyone, not an entitlement for a few. Help our hearts and our parishes be open to and giving of your love. May we realize that our belief does not detract from the infinity of your love, but offers the grace to radiate the compassionate pardon we have received. By sidestepping condemnation, let our hearts rejoice. Help us to share the joy, encourage one another and live lives of peace to be people of reconciliation offering glory and praise. Expressing an integral part of our salvation, help us to realize the precepts of justice and peace outlined in our Church’s social teaching, so we may serve in an unfolding expression of your love for the world. In Jesus’ dear name we pray, Amen.
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By Barb Born June 2, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern