for Sunday, June 3, 2012
Even the great theologians of the Church never claim to understand the
mystery of the Trinity. For us who are not great theologians, it is
possible to understand a small bit of this enormous mystery simply by
listening to the readings that are given to us.
The first reading is from the Book of Deuteronomy and simply reminds us
that God is God and way beyond anything that we can imagine. This God is
also a God who chooses to reveal Himself to us. This is the glory of the
Jewish people, our ancestors in the faith. God chose them to carry His
mystery to the peoples and among the peoples. God is God and this God has
chosen to love His people and us, who are also His people.
The second reading is from the Letter to the Romans and clear speaks of
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We only know about this mystery because
Jesus, in His life, speaks always of His Father and at a certain point in
his ministry begins to speak of sending His Spirit. If we listen
attentively to the texts of the Gospels, it is clear that Jesus claims that
He is the Messiah and that He and the Father are One. Jesus claims that He
is God. So if we accept His claim to be God, then we begin to accept His
word. It is His word that tells us about the Father and about the Spirit.
The Gospel today, from Matthew, give us the command of Jesus to go and
baptize in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew does not minimize the fact that all of the eleven apostles at that
time still doubted. Nevertheless they heard His words.
Today as we celebrate the Trinity and rejoice in God's saving power, we
are also told to go and proclaim the word of Jesus. That word is simple:
God loves us and wants us to be with Him; God is Triune and can only be
truly understood as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; God is love.
We might take some time today to be still in the presence of the Lord and
hear His voice inviting us to share His life.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4.32-34, 39-40
Second Reading: Romans 8.14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28.16-20
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