Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Catholic Reflections 672 : The Most Holy Trinity Sunday. Year B. - Sunday, 27 May 2018

Homily The Most Holy Trinity Sunday. Year B. - Sunday, 27 May 2018

First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40
Psalm: Ps 32:4-6. 9. 18-20. 22. “
Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17
Gospel Acclamation: cf Revelation 1:8
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the The Most Holy Trinity Sunday. Year B. - Sunday, 27 May 2018 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/trinity-sunday-b-faith-hope-and-love   (EPISODE: 97 )
I think this quote from the great English writer C.S. Lewis says so much about the Trinity:

“Three persons, one God of love -
People seem not to notice that the words 'God is love' have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love…Christians believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God forever and has created everything else… in Christianity God is not a static thing – but  (rather a personal) dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama… Almost, a kind of dance.” [C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)]

I love the Trinity, it is an indispensable part of the Christian faith. It is certainly not (as some people are occasionally heard to say) merely an academic construct, but rather, the Holy Trinity is an absolute necessity to get a small grasp and glimpse into the breadth, depth and diversity of God's inner nature; which is implicitly community, and innately relational and loving.

My favourite image of the Trinity, is the very famous icon by Andre Rublev, from the 15th Century. You have most likely seen it….  It is a picture of three Angelic figures sitting at a table sharing a meal under the Oak of Mamre. It literally depicts the visit of the three angelic persons representing God, who visited Abraham and stayed to share a meal provided by Abraham and Sarah’ reverent hospitality.

Firstly, all persons of the Trinity in this picture are portrayed as humans, not just two people and a dove. Although the dove is an ancient symbol for the Holy Spirit and quite valid, it can sometimes not capture the fact that we believe in three persons equal in sharing the one divine nature.

I also love this icon of the Trinity because it captures the perfect inter-relation that exists within God who is three persons. It is as if each is deferring to one another and giving each other precedence and respect, and in return, they give it right back. It is perfect harmony, perfect giving and perfect receiving, as if one is pointing to the food at the table and saying to the other, please, be my guest, you first, and the other is saying, thank you, I appreciate it, now, please take some yourself, thank you, you are kind.... and on it goes..... The community and nature of God is perfect hospitality, the perfect relationship and absolute respect and reverence. It is this wonderful life that Jesus invites us into……..  We are invited to share in this perfect harmony of the Trinity, and if we accept…. it will transform us and the world around us. We are invited into the very inner life of God. 

As the first reading tells us, we are, moved by the Spirit we have been given, to be sons and daughters of God, and heirs of God…   but as a way of keeping us humble..  we are heirs to Christ’s sufferings, - for God suffers in this self-sacrificing, and generous love.. that gives without counting the cost.  And in the gospel, one of my all-time favourite Gospel passages ever…   Jesus promises us that he will be with us always, even till the end of time…..    But again..  we are reminded, that by becoming God’s people, by becoming sons and daughters of God, and heirs to the Kingdom… comes with it this task..   to live with an outreaching love towards others and to the world, as God, the Trinity lives…   we are told we must go out …  out into all the world….  

The cost of entry into this eternal relationship with God is to always remain outward looking, turned out towards others..  willing to suffer for participating in the outreaching, generous and unselfish love of God…..   At the table of the Holy Trinity, there is no room here for any self-interest, stinginess and or inward-looking mentalities. God is always on the lookout for more people to be part of the family…  always reaching out….   Open and generous….. 
The more we as individuals and we as Christian communities reflect the inner life of the Trinity, the more we are participating in that Trinitarian life.

It is no wonder that Our Lord, Jesus, is made really present to us, in the Eucharist, encountered in the form of a sacred meal and it is very poignant that Jesus was put to death because of, among other reasons, the people he ate with. God is love, and God is relational. It is great to share a meal and encounter a glimpse of what God (a Trinity of Persons), shares all the time.


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The Most Holy Trinity Sunday. Year B.
Sunday, 27 May 2018)

(EPISODE: 97 )

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy//You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy//You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy.//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.



Various Needs and Occasions. III

Communion side.  pwk: 
Go in peace.(glorifying the Lord by your life)

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