May 27, 2018: The Most Holy Trinity
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
The sacredness and dignity of human life exists not in isolation, but affirmed through individuals growing in community and seeking together the well being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
From Catholic Social Teaching: Seven Principles for Life, https://cst74life.wordpress.com/
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm: 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Catechism of the Catholic Church
St. Gregory of Nazianzus, also called “the Theologian”, entrusts this summary of Trinitarian faith to the catechumens of Constantinople:
Above all guard for me this great deposit of faith for which I live and fight, which I want to take with me as a companion, and which makes me bear all evils and despise all pleasures: I mean the profession of faith in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. I entrust it to you today. By it I am soon going to plunge you into water and raise you up from it. I give it to you as the companion and patron of your whole life. I give you but one divinity and power, existing one in three, and containing the three in a distinct way. Divinity without disparity of substance or nature, without superior degree that raises up or inferior degree that casts down. . . the infinite co-naturality of three infinites. Each person considered in himself is entirely God. . . the three considered together. . . I have not even begun to think of unity when the Trinity bathes me in its splendor. I have not even begun to think of the Trinity when unity grasps me.(256)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to The Most Holy Trinity Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person but also the social relations existing between men. As the Apostle Paul teaches, life in Christ makes the human person’s identity and social sense — with their concrete consequences on the historical and social planes — emerge fully and in a new manner: “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ” (Gal 3:26-28). In this perspective, Church communities, brought together by the message of Jesus Christ and gathered in the Holy Spirit round the Risen Lord (cf. Mt 18:20, 28:19-20; Lk 24:46-49), offer themselves as places of communion, witness and mission, and as catalysts for the redemption and transformation of social relationships.(52)
The new reality that Jesus Christ gives us is not grafted onto human nature nor is it added from outside: it is rather that reality of communion with the Trinitarian God to which men and women have always been oriented in the depths of their being, thanks to their creaturely likeness to God. But this is also a reality that people cannot attain by their own forces alone. Through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, in whom this reality of communion has already been brought about in a singular manner, men and women are received as children of God (cf. Rom 8:14-17; Gal 4:4-7). By means of Christ, we share in the nature of God, who gives us infinitely more “than all that we ask or think” (Eph 3:20). What mankind has already received is nothing more than a token or a “guarantee” (2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:14) of what it will receive in its fullness only in the presence of God, seen “face to face” (1 Cor 13:12), that is, a guarantee of eternal life: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (Jn 17:3). (122)
The Face of God, progressively revealed in the history of salvation, shines in its fullness in the Face of Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead. God is Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; truly distinct and truly one, because God is an infinite communion of love. God’s gratuitous love for humanity is revealed, before anything else, as love springing from the Father, from whom everything draws its source; as the free communication that the Son makes of this love, giving himself anew to the Father and giving himself to mankind; as the ever new fruitfulness of divine love that the Holy Spirit pours forth into the hearts of men (cf. Rom 5:5).
By his words and deeds, and fully and definitively by his death and resurrection Jesus reveals to humanity that God is Father and that we are all called by grace to become his children in the Spirit (cf. Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6), and therefore brothers and sisters among ourselves. It is for this reason that the Church firmly believes that “the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in her Lord and Master”.(31)
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We like to add. Add toppings to a sundae, add money to our checking account, add memory to our computer, add accessories to our car, add clothes to our wardrobe, add apps to our phone, add postings to social media. Doing more to what was already good, thinking more will translate to better. A never ending quest for self-satisfaction. But God invites us to delve into another paradigm, multiplication. We relate to mathematical conventions adding an integer to itself, but we must look at the premise with Divine pretense. In theory, a place where numbers do not need to grow, but resulting relationships are enhanced. A principle modeled in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three manifestations of one God collectively providing for us realization of Divine design and wisdom of accompaniment. Our challenge prods us to transform minds rooted in human essence of addition to grasp the beauty of multiplication. The release of amassing quantifiable objects for weaving ourselves into relationships. A place where happiness comes from realizing individualism only burns bridges leaving us stranded in isolation, slaves to our pursuit of addition entrenching ourselves in fear of not having enough, being enough. A place where justice, right and kindness will never gain traction, for each requires multiplication to flourish. Listening to one another, working together, each necessitates coming together. A time when we look beyond ourselves as 1+1+1+…x =n…a gigantic number to 1x1x1…x =1 where all of humanity united in a matrix of hope, striving for justice, working for the right, the best of humanity only found when the common good defines decisions and kindness flows as a balm to nurture and sooth being one. A synergy modeled for us in the Holy Trinity and invites us to partake in the Spirit of adoption, with Abba Father, our brother Jesus and the Spirit bearing witness in the world. As children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, will we accept our inheritance and the gift of multiplication. A gift, as disciples, we should impart its beauty on the world. Multiplication from the lineage of baptism present now and till the end of the age that we should go forth and teach by the way we live our lives, blessed by the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Individual Reflection: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
What are five ways you can live more in a spirit of multiplication instead of a spirit of addition? Have a conversation about addition and multiplication with five people.
Family Reflection: Matthew 28:16-20
After mass, walk around your parish church and look for symbols that remind you of the Holy Trinity.
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen
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