The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Sunday, May 27, 2018

Reading 1 DT 4:32-34, 39-40

Moses said to the people:
“Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
ever since God created man upon the earth;
ask from one end of the sky to the other:
Did anything so great ever happen before?
Was it ever heard of?
Did a people ever hear the voice of God
speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?
Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself
from the midst of another nation,
by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors,
all of which the LORD, your God,
did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
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.
You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today,
that you and your children after you may prosper,
and that you may have long life on the land
which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22

R. (12b) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
For he spoke, and it was made;
he commanded, and it stood forth.

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Reading 2 ROM 8:14-17

Brothers and sisters:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

Alleluia RV 1:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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.”

Reflection

Trinity and Us The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity [May 27, 2018] Matthew 28:16-20

“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, (Matt. 28:19)”

This Mystery of Trinity is rightly called the mystery of all the mysteries because the Holy Trinity is at the core of our Christian faith. Yet, the fundamental truth we believe is not only extremely difficult to understand, but in fact, it goes beyond our natural reasoning. How is it possible that we believe in three distinct Divine Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and yet they remain One God? Some of the greatest minds like St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have attempted to shed a little light on the mystery. However, in the face of such immense truth, the best explanations would seem like a drop of water in the vast ocean.

 

I have no illusion that I could explain the mystery better than the brightest minds of the Church, but we may reflect on its meaning in our ordinary lives. The joyful Easter season ended with the celebration of the Pentecost Sunday last week, and we resume the liturgical season of the year or simply known as the ordinary season. As we begin once again the ordinary season, the Church invites us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity or the Trinity Sunday. The Church seems to tell us that the unfathomable mystery of Trinity is in fact intimately closed to our day-to-day living, to our daily struggles and triumphs, to our everyday pains and joys. How is our faith in the greatest mystery of all connected to our ordinary and mundane lives?

We often have false images of God. We used to think that God or Trinity is the greatest person (or three persons) among things that exist He is like a universal CEO that manages things from an undisclosed location or a super big and powerful being that controls practically everything. Yet, this is not quite right. He is not just one among countless beings. God is the ground of our existence. He is the very reason why anything exists rather than nothing. Thus, the act of creation is not what happened at the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. It is fundamentally God’s gift of existence to us. To be created means that we do not necessarily exist. Every single moment of our life is God’s gratuitous gift.

The Scriptures reveals the mystery of our God. He is not solitary and self-absorbed God, but our God is one God in three divine persons. Our God is a community founded on creative mutual love and constant self-giving. Therefore, our creation is not a mere accident, but God’s creative act and His gift of love. We exist in the world because God cannot but love us and wants us to share in the perfect life of the Trinity. St. Thomas Aquinas rightly says that we only believe two fundamental teachings, two credibilia : first, God exists, and second, we are loved in Jesus Christ.

We often take for granted our lives and immerse in daily concern of life; we rarely ask what the purpose of this life is. Yet, it does not diminish the truth that God lovingly sustains our existence and cares for us, even to the tiniest fraction of our atom. Whether we are busy doing our works, focus on our family affairs, or simply enjoying our hobbies, God is intimately involved. Thus, apart from God, our lives, our daily toils, and concerns, our sorrows and joys are meaningless and even revert to nothingness. Celebrating the Trinity Sunday means to rejoice in our existence as a gift, and to glorify God who is immensely loving and caring for us.

Reflection by: Bro. Valentinus Bayuhadi Ruseno, O.P.

Photo by: Harry Setianto, SJ

By: Fr. Ramon T. Salibay, O.P.

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