Saturday, May 29, 2010
SOLEMNITY, TRINITY SUNDAY - C
SOLEMNITY, TRINITY SUNDAY - C
'Yahweh created me, first-fruits of his fashioning, before the oldest
of his works. From everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning,
before the earth came into being. The deep was not, when I was born,
nor were the springs with their abounding waters. Before the mountains
were settled, before the hills, I came to birth; before he had made
the earth, the countryside, and the first elements of the world. When
he fixed the heavens firm, I was there, when he drew a circle on the
surface of the deep, when he thickened the clouds above, when the
sources of the deep began to swell, when he assigned the sea its
boundaries -- and the waters will not encroach on the shore -- when he
traced the foundations of the earth, I was beside the master
craftsman, delighting him day after day, ever at play in his presence,
at play everywhere on his earth, delighting to be with the children of
So then, now that we have been justified by faith, we are at peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; it is through him, by faith,
that we have been admitted into God's favour in which we are living,
and look forward exultantly to God's glory. Not only that; let us
exult, too, in our hardships, understanding that hardship develops
perseverance, and perseverance develops a tested character, something
that gives us hope, and a hope which will not let us down, because the
love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which
has been given to us.
I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for
you to bear now. However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead
you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own
accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to
you the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he reveals to
you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is
mine; that is why I said: all he reveals to you will be taken from
what is mine.
It is natural to admit the existence of God as soon as we open our
eyes. Yet we look and see nothing. We listen and hear nothing. We have
to be attuned to hear and see God. This calls for great openness and
sensitivity on our part. But the best thing a Christian can do is to
look at the Gospels. In other words, we have to look at how Jesus
spoke about this mystery of the Holy Trinity and lived it.
Jesus spoke about God as a merciful and forgiving Father. He spoke
about himself as the Son of the Father, who came to save us by dying
for us on the cross. And by seeking to do the will of the Father at
all times, he showed us how a child of God should live. The will of
the Father was that he should bring us the good news of salvation. But
it was the Holy Spirit who commissioned him for this work. He said:
"The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He sent me to bring good
news to the poor."
We are dealing with a great mystery, yet anyone can grasp it in such a
way as to be able to pray about it and live out this mystery in our
daily life. We think of God as our Father, a Father who loves us
deeply. It is from him we come, and it is to him that our lives flow
like a river towards the sea. We think of Jesus, the Son of God, as
our brother who died that we might live. He leads us to the Father's
house. We think of the Holy Spirit as the one who helps us to live
like Jesus and who binds us together as brothers and sisters in a
community of love. Like fish in the sea and birds in the air, this
becomes the very atmosphere in which a Christian prays and lives. Now,
how do we live out this mystery of the Holy Trinity in our daily
lives? How do we show our love for the Holy Trinity in a very
In our world of financial ups and downs, all of us, especially the
unemployed, sick and elderly, need special trust in the Father. Like
the birds of the air, we too are not always sure what the future has
in store for us. We too need to trust that our heavenly Father will
provide. In a world of selfishness and self-centeredness, we need to
follow the example of Jesus' self-sacrificing love. In a world of
conflicting voices and ideas, we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
There are so many times when we honestly don't know what is right.
There are also times when we do not know what is the best way to
handle a situation. It is during these times that we need to pause in
prayer and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
We truly show our love and reverence for our heavenly Father when we
trust the Father in our hour of need. We love and honor Jesus when we
love as he loved, reaching out even to our enemies. We love and honor
the Holy Spirit when we listen to him, especially in prayer. Trusting
in the Father, following in the footsteps of his Son Jesus Christ and
listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, these are the ways of
bringing the Holy Trinity into the nitty-gritty of our lives. And
after all, this is what the Feast of the Holy Trinity is all about.
It is the celebration of the great mystery that God is our Father whom
we can trust; that Jesus Christ is our brother whom we can follow and,
that the Holy Spirit is our constant companion whom we can always turn
to for guidance.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength:
- Abraham A.
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
- Arnold Cabatingan & Alfonso Purugganan
… for the personal intentions of
- Mariano Montemayor
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Damian Sy
- Birthday: Andrew Gregory Son
- Birthday: Glenda Barreto
- Wedding Anniversary: Tom & Swasi Eberlein
- Wedding Anniversary: Ted & Jessie Go
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Chen Hun ( Apr 15, 1897-May 30, 1968)
… 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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