June 11, 2017 – SUNDAY, THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
Ex 34: 4b- 6, 8- 9 / 2 Cor 13: 11-13 / Jn 3:16- 18
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ex 34: 5- 6
And Yahweh came down in a cloud and stood there with him, and Moses called on the name of Yahweh.
Then Yahweh passed in front of him and cried out, "Yahweh, Yahweh is a God full of pity and mercy, slow to anger and abounding in truth and loving kindness."
FROM THE 2ND READING: 2 Cor 13: 13
The grace of Christ Jesus the Lord, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 3: 16- 18
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead through him the world is to be saved. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God."
Our belief in the Holy Trinity says that, in the oneness of God, there are three distinct Persons, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit: Three divine Persons in One God.
We know of the Holy Trinity and believe in the Holy Trinity because Christ our Lord and the Church have taught us about the Trinity. A mystery we do not really or fully understand it: we would have not known about it if Christ had not revealed it to us.
Saints and others have tried to describe it, however inadequately. St. Ignatius of Loyola compared it to three musical chords producing one sound. A mathematician, when confronted with the reality that 1 + 1 + 1 equal 3, retorts that 1 x 1 x 1 equals one. StJohn the Evangelist has written that "God is love"; we know that, while lover and beloved remain two, in love they somehow become one. But the Trinity of Love is three persons in one God.
Clearly this does not explain the Trinity. Hopefully heaven may give us a clearer explanation.
In the Gospels the Trinity is revealed at the Baptism of Christ, with the Spirit coming down on him like a dove and the voice from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen." (Mk 1:11)
John the Baptist spoke of the Messiah who would baptize in the Holy Spirit. (Mk 1: 8) At his teachings put together in Matthew's Gospel as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeatedly spoke of his heavenly Father, Our Father. At his discourse with the Jewish leader Nicodemus, Jesus spoke of being born of water and the Spirit. (3: 5) At his discourse after the Last Supper Jesus promised that, when he goes, the Father will send the Holy Spirit, the Helper, who "will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you." (Jn 14: 26)
Before he returned to his Father at his Ascension, he told his disciples, "Go, therefore, and make disciples from all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to fulfill all that I have commanded you. I am with you always until the end of the world." (Mt 28:19- 20)
The Preface at celebrations of the Holy Trinity says, "For with your only begotten Son and the Holy Spirit you are one God, one Lord: not in the unity of a single person but in a Trinity of one substance." We then worship and glorify, love and pray to the Triune God- the almighty Father, Creator of heaven and earth and Our Father, the Redeemer Son, our fellow man and brother, and the Holy Spirit, the Helper and Spirit of Love and truth.
And we pray that we live our lives, do our work, love and serve God and our neighbor "in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CAESAR & MA. MELISSA WONGCHUKING
IN MEMORIAM (†)
VICENTE PK TAN
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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