Saturday, June 10, 2006
Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity
June 11, 2006
Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity - B
DEUTERONOMY 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."
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.
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
Today, the Feast of the Holy Trinity is the first Sunday after
Pentecost, the Great Fifty Days of Easter. We are back to what is
called Ordinary Time of the Church calendar. It's not really so
"ordinary." Every Sunday is a Sunday celebrating the Blessed Trinity.
The readings during this cycle are devoted to the mystery of Christ in
all its aspects. We begin on Trinity Sunday by contemplating the
mystery of God.
Simply stated, the mystery of the Holy Trinity states that there is one
God in three Divine Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the
Holy Spirit. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God,
yet there is only one God, one nature in three distinct divine Persons.
It is a mystery - not to be solved and explained, but to be professed
It is the mystery of the God who created us and our world out of a love
so perfect and complete that we cannot begin to understand it; the God
who continues to re-create us and our world in the gift of his Son, the
very love of God made man and real for us.
Out of the same mysterious love, God calls us back again and again, not
as a all-powerful Creator demanding homage from the lowly subjects he
created, but as a compassionate Parent welcoming back his own children
and loving them unconditionally. God invites us to a relationship with
him centered in love, mercy and trust.
Fr. James McKearns relates beautifully the Holy Trinity to the Sign of
the Cross that we make at the beginning and end of every prayer. He
points out that making the sign of the cross is more than a routine
procedure. It is a prayer in itself, a very profound one. This visible
sign is a powerful profession of our faith in the existence of the Holy
Trinity. In fact, it is a mini-liturgy, doing and saying something that
is distinctively religious.
One of the ways to deepen the meaning of today's celebration of the
Feast of the Holy Trinity is to concentrate on the reverent use of this
We touch our heads showing our assent of faith, as we pronounce the
name of the Father, our divine Creator. It's a dedication of our minds
Our fingertips next come to rest at the base of our hearts, symbol of
love. We speak the name of the great Lover, the Second Person of the
Blessed Trinity, God-Man and Savior.
The sign is concluded as the fingers move from one shoulder to the
other, signifying eagerness to give our arms and hands to good works
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, the hands interlock showing we are united and single-minded in
our efforts. With this conclusive gesture we say "Amen" - so be it.
In the name of the Trinity we were signed in baptism, have had our sins
forgiven and received many blessings. Although basic to our faith, the
Trinity is not to be understood but professed and admired, because
Jesus talks about the Father and the Advocate, the Holy Spirit in the
We believe God is one nature but three persons, but the full meaning of
those words is far beyond our comprehension. However, the Trinity is a
unique model and sign of harmonious unity - a unity God expects to see
in the daily lives of His children.
Every blessing of the Church flows from the Trinity, traced out through
the Sign of the Cross. Under that sign you sealed your wedding vows.
And that same familiar sign will bid you safe passage to the eternal
Today's celebration of the Trinity confronts us with our response to
God's invitation, and our worthiness to be called God's children.
May Trinity Sunday inspire each of us to manifest faith with our minds,
love with our hearts, service with our hands, in the name of the Father
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the healing of Ding Vidanes
- for the special intentions of Jasmin
- good health, safety and blessings for the Pe Family
- for the personal intentions of Jennette
- for the special intention of Richard Patrick "Parke's"
- for the special intention of Davis-Regalado
- for the special intention of Marjorie and Bobby
- for the speedy recovery of Felipe Davis
- for the speedy recovery of Fernando Cruz
- for the speedy Alex & Donna's youngest daughter
- for the emotional, physical and spiritual healing of Brother David
- for the speedy recovery of Charles Co
- for the speedy recovery of Angelina Ramos.
- for the success and safety of Nerissa, Jose Rigor and Ma. Fatima.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Nelly "Aleli" Lasin.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the special Intentions of Carlo & Opine.
- for the personal intentions of Lyndon & Aimee
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Concepcion Yu
- Prayer Intention: Uy Family
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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