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Trinity Sunday

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Sunday May 30

 

Trinity Sunday

 

1. God Is Love

2. “I Am Here for You”

3. Our Blood Relative

 

Greeting

The love of the Father,
the forgiveness and life of the Son
and the strength of the Holy Spirit
be always with you. R/ And also with you.

 

Introduction by the Celebrant

 

1.   God Is Love

To most of us today’s feast of the Trinity may not be as stirring and touching as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, yet it sums up all of these. It is simply the feast of one God who shows three loving faces to us. We can call him Father, even “Daddy,” as Jesus said. We can call him our brother in Jesus. We can call him our breath in the Spirit, who is our force and life and love that keeps us alive and moving and building a Church and a world. And if we want to sum up God in one word, we say with St. John: God is love. If God loves us so much we can do no less than love one another.

 

2.   “I Am Here for You.”

To many people God is all too often a far-away God, very distant and vague, a God apparently not easy to approach, but to whom we turn when all else fails. Would that we were more aware of the reality! Our God is near, very close to us. Already in the Old Testament he gave his name as “I am the on who is there [for you],” the God who feels our miseries and our joys. In Jesus he made himself one of us, a brother, a companion on the road of life. Through the Spirit of love he lives in us and makes us capable of community and love. If we were only aware of all this! Let Jesus awaken us to God’s riches and beauty.

 

3.   Our Blood Relative

Where is God for us? Far away, in his high heaven, and very remote from our everyday life, as someone we fear to make angry? Today, as we celebrate the Blessed Trinity, we honor a God who lives in the community of a covenant relationship with us; that means, a God who makes us like his blood relatives, a God as close to us as a marriage partner, a God who preferred us to his own Son as he let Jesus give his life for us, a God who keeps stirring us through the Spirit with the inspirations of love and tenderness, of compassion and courage. Let this Eucharist be a song of thanks to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Note. This is a good opportunity to use the rite of sprinkling with water, for it reminds us that in baptism we have been immersed in the love of the Blessed Trinity. See the Sacramentary for the text. If there is no rite of sprinkling, use the Penitential Act:

 

Penitential Act

We ask pardon from the Lord our God
that we have not always answered his love.
                        (pause)
Lord Jesus, you revealed to us
a Father who cares deeply for us:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you loved us all the way
by laying down your life for us:
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you pour out on us
the Spirit of unity and love:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

Gentle and merciful God,
forgive us all our sins
and help us respond to your boundless love.
Lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

 

1 and 2: God of Love Here for Us

Let us pray to God
as the sons and daughters he dearly loves
                        (pause)
God, source of all life and love,
we sing out to you today
the joy of our faith and our love.
You have loved us first
before we could even know you.
Father, with a love as tender as that of a mother,
our hearts recognize your greatness and your mercy.
You let Jesus become your face,
our brother, near and approachable,
saving us by his death and resurrection.
Your Spirit animates us with your love and strength.
Keep alive in us that love and that joy,
let our gratitude resound all over the earth!
All blessing and praise be to you
through Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

3. Our Blood Relative

Let us thank God wholeheartedly
that he is our loving God
                        (pause)
Our dear and living, loving God,
you are all tenderness and friendship.
You established a permanent union of life and love
between you and us in the covenant.
Thank you for all your love.
Thank you for giving us your Son Jesus
as our brother to accompany us on the road of life.
Thank you for the Spirit who guides us to you;
Let him lead us also to one another
and make us one heart and mind.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

First Reading: God Is the God of People

God, the creator, guided the destiny of his chosen people Israel to show himself as a saving God and to make this beloved people a sign of salvation to all.

Reading 1: DT 4:32-34, 39-40

Moses said to the people:
"Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
ever since God created man upon the earth;
ask from one end of the sky to the other:
Did anything so great ever happen before?
Was it ever heard of?
Did a people ever hear the voice of God
speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?
Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself
from the midst of another nation,
by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors,
all of which the LORD, your God,
did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
This is why you must now know,
and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God
in the heavens above and on earth below,
and that there is no other.
You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today,
that you and your children after you may prosper,
and that you may have long life on the land
which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever."

 

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22

R. (12b) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
For he spoke, and it was made;
he commanded, and it stood forth.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

 

Second Reading: The Spirit Makes Us God’s Children

Through the Holy Spirit of God in us, we know that we are children of the Father in heaven and called with God’s Son, the Risen Christ, to be heirs to a future world.

Reading 2: ROM 8:14-17                           

Brothers and sisters:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, "Abba, Father!"
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

Alleluia: RV 1:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel: In the Name of Father, Son and Spirit

We are the missionary people of God, baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We come from God, and with Christ alive among us we have to lead the world to God.

Gospel: MT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

 

Intercessions

With the Spirit of Jesus alive in us, let us pray to our living and loving God and say:

R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

–   For having called us by our name, let us thank our Father in heaven; may we give him a faithful response to his love, we pray:

     R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

–   For having saved us by becoming one of us, sharing our human lives and dying for us, let us thank Jesus our Lord; for the strength to follow him let us pray:

     R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

–   For guiding us in our dark hours and strengthening us with his joy and love, let us thank the Holy Spirit; for wisdom and courage, let us pray:

     R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

–   For those who preach the gospel anywhere in the world, that people may receive the Good News of Jesus with eagerness and joy, let us pray:

     R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

–   For fathers and mothers, that through them their children may discover the fatherhood of God and learn to love him without reservations, let us pray:

     R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

–   For those who are discouraged and tired, that they may experience the moving force of the Holy Spirit, let us pray:

     R/ Blessed are you, our God, for ever.

Our living God, we know and love you as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Make us and our communities and many people grow in this knowledge and love, now and for ever. R/ Amen.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

God our Father,
our words and the whole wide world
cannot contain or express you
and yet your Son wants to be near to us
in these simple signs of bread and wine.
Be our God-with-us always
through Jesus, alive in our midst,
and give us the strength of your Spirit
to bear witness to the whole world
that you are our living God
and that we are your children,
now and for ever. R/ Amen.

 

Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer

In the Eucharistic Prayer we praise God as Father, Son and Spirit in their greatness and yet nearness to us. Through Jesus, and united by the Holy Spirit we offer our praise and thanks to the Father.

 

Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer

Moved by the Holy Spirit,
we cry out to God our Father
in the words of Jesus himself: R/ Our Father...

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you promised to be with us
until the end of time and of the world.
Grant peace and unity to your Church
and let it be the sign to every person on earth
of your patient, caring love.
You are our Lord for ever and ever. R/ Amen.

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Christ our Lord,
the Son of God who became man
to make us human children of the Father
by the unifying Spirit.
Happy are we to be invited
to the table of the Lord. R/ Lord, I am not worthy...

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God,
in this Eucharistic celebration
you have let us experience again
how near you wish to be to us through your Son.
Accept our thanks,
and in the strength of his Spirit
help us to be to your people
the lips of your Son that speak
words of compassion and encouragement,
his heart that loves and shares joy,
his will that brings freedom and justice,
his hands that bless
and his feet that go all the way with them
on the dusty road to you,
our Father for ever and ever. R/ Amen.

 

Blessing

Through our baptism
in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
God has become our God;
he has made our destiny his own
and his life ours.
May he always be near to us and bless you all:
the Father, whose sons and daughters we are,
the Son who is our brother and Savior,
the Holy Spirit who lives in us. R/ Amen.

 

Let us go in peace and be near to those around us as God is near to us. R/ Thanks be to God.

 

Commentary

On the Trinity Sunday, the Church invites us to meditate on the mystery of the One God in Three Persons. And the Gospel gives us a method for this meditation – to go up the mountain. The scene told in today’s passage is set on a mountain in Galilee (v. 16). The mountain, in biblical language, indicates the location of the revelations of God. And the invitation is to climb the 'mountain'. It is not to climb ‘a’ mountain. It is not a material mountain. If you do not climb the mountain, if you stay on the plain, you will just be an admirer of Jesus, but would never get to experience the loving communion of the Father and the Spirit with Jesus.

During his public life, Jesus had introduced to us three mountains: First is the Mount of the Beatitudes. If we do not go up that mountain and we do not start to live the Beatitudes at his side, together with him, we will never fall in love with Jesus. The precepts of the life of a disciple – like the 10 commandments of the Old Testament – are introduced as our life-principles - there in the sermon on the Mount.

The second mountain is that of the Transfiguration. You have to climb that mountain. It is there where you will see the true identity of Jesus. The one who took the form of a servant, the one in his loincloth of the slave, who washes the feet of the disciples, but now is seen on the mountain, in his royal glory. It is this experience on the mountain that gave certainty to the disciples about the Messiah whom they were following.

The third mountain is that of bread distribution. The mountain on which the Master makes us understand God's sense and design about the goods of this world. All that you have, are given to you and therefore, they are not yours. Give them away and be concerned about the needs of people. If we do not go up this mountain, we begin to cling to all possible goods and we idolize the goods of this world. We do not use them for the purpose to which God has destined them. We consider them ours and we feel owners.

The image of the Church today is that the people are afraid to climb the mountain. They do something ... some devotions ... but they do not go up the mountain to fully assimilate the thought of Christ. And this is the invitation Jesus makes to his disciples. Experience and share the perfect loving communion of the three persons of the One God.

For your reflection

If living as a Christian is to love as God loves, how do I love those around me?

 

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