Saturday, June 06, 2009
SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY
SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY
10TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 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, not three Gods, - one nature in three
distinct divine Persons. It is a mystery – not to be solved and
explained, but to be professed and lived.
It is the mystery of the God who created us and our world out of love,
a love so perfect and complete that we cannot begin to understand it;
the God who continue 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, the objects He created, but as a compassionate Parent
welcoming back His children and loving them unconditionally. God
invites us to a relationship with Him not based on fear but 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 is to
concentrate on the reverent use of this sacred sign. 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 to God. Our
finger tips 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
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 Gospels.
We believe God is one nature but three persons, but the full meaning
of those words is far beyond our human comprehension. However, the
Trinity is a unique model of harmonious unity – a unity God expects to
see our daily lives.
Every blessing of the Church flows from the Trinity, traced out
through the Sign of the Cross. Under that sign we begin and end our
prayer. And that same familiar sign will bid us safe passage to the
eternal Kingdom. Today's celebration of the Trinity confronts us with
our response to God's invitation, and our worthiness to be called
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
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Alberto dela Cruz. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Atty. Jun H. Gotamco
- Birthday: Daniel Bables
- Birthday: True Lee
- Birthday: Esperanza Gerona Dee
- Birthday: Bobby A. Cordon
- Prayer Intention: LGCI Lakpue Group of Companies, Inc.
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Susan Chua
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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