May 25, 2013: The Most Holy Trinity
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation for the moral vision of society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching…” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching USCCB
First Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm: 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: John 16:12-15
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“…God freely wills to communicate the glory of his blessed life…This plan is a grace…It unfolds in the work of creation, the whole history of salvation after the fall and the missions of the Son and the Spirit, which are continued in the mission of the Church.” (257)
Feast Day: May 31st The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56
“…He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty…”
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
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Psalm 8:5-7 paragraph 255
LectionaJohn 16:13-15 paragraph 104
John 16:15 paragraph 29
“The love that inspires Jesus’ ministry among men is the love that he has experienced in his intimate union with the Father. The New Testament allows us to enter deeply into the experience, that Jesus himself lives and communicates, the love of God his Father – Abba—and therefore, it permits us to enter into the very heart of divine love. Jesus announces the liberating mercy of God to those whom he meets on his way, beginning with the poor, the marginalized, the sinners. He invites us all to follow him because he is the first to obey God’s plan of love and he does so in a most singular way, as God’s envoy in the world.
Jesus’ self-awareness of being the Son is an expression of this primordial experience. The Son has been given everything freely so, by the Father: “All that the Father has is mine.” His in turn is the mission of making all men sharers in this gift and this filial relationship: “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you…
For Jesus, recognizing the Father’s love means modeling his actions on God’s gratuitousness and mercy; it is these that generate new life. It means becoming — by his very existence – the example and pattern of this for his disciples. Jesus’ followers are called to live like him and after his Passover of death and resurrection, to live also in him and by him, thanks to the superabundant gift of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, who internalizes Christ’s own style of life in human hearts.”
Romans 5:5 paragraph 31
“…Father, Son and Holy Spirit; truly distinct and truly one, because God is an infinite communion of love. God’s gratuitous love for humanity is revealed, before anything else, as love springing from the Father, from whom everything draws its source…”
Beside God as craftsman of the heavens and earth, the Lord was His delight day by day and found delight in the human race. Do we take delight, a keen joy, in the grandeur of creation and the human race? Or do we sink into crevasses of life etched by a sense of drudgery and condemnation laced with judgment? We have peace with God through Jesus for faith and grace, so we take delight in seeing the goodness of creation and hate for humanity ceases from our hearts. Hope not boasting through our ego, but of God’s glory. A hope that does not disappoint, because the love of God poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Individual Reflection: Romans 5:1-5
How have the words of Romans –affliction, endurance, proven character, leading to hope that does not disappoint – been a part of your faith journey? Share that with someone struggling.
Family Reflection: Proverbs 8: 22-31
Take pictures of where your family sees the grandeur of creation in simple ways. Share the pictures in emails, videos or post them on a blog.
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