Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – June 7, 2020

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – June 7, 2020

Reflection


Love entails knowledge. God in loving us, knows us. This time our liturgical readings present to us a God who makes himself known so that we might love him. While our concept of God is always clothed in glory and power, our readings present to us a more personal image of him. Our God is not one who is seated on the throne from afar, but one who involves himself with the people he cares about.


One of the most sacred phrases to describe God in the Old Testament is highlighted in our first reading. He is “rich in kindness and fidelity”. For the chosen people, God is the faithful lover despite the infidelities of the beloved people. This faithfulness flows from a deepest depths of his compassion that not only does he share the suffering of his people, he dwells among them in fellowship.


This theme of faithfulness, compassion, and fellowship is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. John the Evangelist summed up the whole message of the scriptures in his declaration that Jesus is the love of God sent to man. It is important to understand that when Jesus came to become man God stooped down from the heights of heaven to extend a both hands for his children.


This understanding of the richness of the identity of God as love is central to our Christian faith. Because from what be believe, we become. St. Paul reminds the Christians of Corinth to mirror that fidelity and love of God with one another, with the “holy kiss”. Christians are not only intimately united to God in love, but also deeply and truly in love with one another.


The point of God revealing himself to us is to transform us into himself. Humanity, despite its weaknesses and short comings, has been destined to be loved and to love with the fidelity, compassion and fellowship of God.

First Reading

Exodus 34:4B-6, 8-9

Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai

as the LORD had commanded him,

taking along the two stone tablets.

Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there

and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”

Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,

“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,

slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”

Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.

Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord,

do come along in our company.

This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins,

and receive us as your own.”


Responsorial Psalm

Deuteronomy 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56

R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,

praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;

And blessed is your holy and glorious name,

praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

R. Glory and praise for ever!

Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,

praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

R. Glory and praise for ever!

Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,

praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

R. Glory and praise for ever!

Blessed are you who look into the depths

from your throne upon the cherubim,

praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

R. Glory and praise for ever!


Second Reading

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Brothers and sisters, rejoice.

Mend your ways, encourage one another,

agree with one another, live in peace,

and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet one another with a holy kiss.

All the holy ones greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

and the love of God

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.


Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:16-18.


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him might not perish

but might have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but that the world might be saved through him.

Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,

but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,

because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.



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