31 May – Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity
The God of Love and Peace
Our celebration today is a song of praise to God who has taken us up to share in the very life of the Trinity. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with us all.
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Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors – all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?
‘Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you forever.’
Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
Everyone moved by the Spirit is a Son of God
The Mystery of the Holy Trinity is one which consists of Love between all 3 persons in the Holy Trinity. This is something which we need to grasp by faith and not reason. The beauty of the Christian religion is that it is not an abstract religion but one which is concrete and grounded in action or, in short, love made manifest through action.
Jesus came down to the world to save us from the death which Original Sin brought and this is something which we need to realise is an act of Love. This supreme act of love is supported by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our lives to continue to guide us in the decisions which we are making. Indeed, it is the spirit of God’s love which animates our actions in the people whom we encounter and meet in our lives.
Hence today’s feast is not something which we should ignore. Instead, we must celebrate with great joy because it shows to us the wonderful plan which God has rolled out for each one of us. The plan He has showed us is that all our actions should be guided by love. Let us take time now to share this great joy with all the people around us in a way which we know can touch their hearts.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray for the opportunity to show your love to the people around us
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who provide a listening ear.