THE HOLY TRINITY Solemnity
Also Read: Mass Readings for 30 May 2021
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40
“So acknowledge today and take to heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” (39)
Today, let us take stock of how well we are doing in regard to this simple and age-old instruction. Acknowledge – do we acknowledge God? If we truly did, we wouldn’t live as if he doesn’t exist! Where is our acknowledgment of God, when there is a simple call to an act of mercy or kindness? In the needy or suffering brethren around us, do we not know God exists in them too?
Take to heart – Are we conscious in our hearts of his daily living in us? We ask Him to come and save us from trouble, but do we realize He lives in our spirits already? -Daily whispering in our ears words of wisdom, hope, and courage.
The Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath – If we, children of God, truly cherish this belief inside of us, we would never chase after false prophets at all! Do we go into tents and temples and eat of their sacrifices? Do we fill our bellies with their food? Do we fall for their superstitious practices and tie weird things around our hands or other parts of our bodies? Do we profane our bodies with tattoos? Do we ignorantly open up our minds and bodies to pagan practices? Do we look for signs and wonders in creatures crawling the earth? Do these pagan practices entice us like the apple which Eve bit into? It was pleasing to her eyes, good for eating, and gave supposed knowledge? The revelry, the colors, and the pomp of pagan practices could well be our forbidden apple.
There is no other – Yet, do we go about making gods of ourselves, our spouses, our friends, our possessions, our wealth et al? Woe to us, if we profane the first commandment! Be warned! Stop all occult practices and divinations. Stop pagan worship in your houses! We would have been ignorant before, but now that the word of God has revealed this to us, it is our bounded duty to follow the law of God to the letter. God be with us! Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 33: 4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
“For he spoke and it came to be, He commanded and it stood firm.” (9)
The raging waters were quelled into a creative life force at the command of his one word. His one breath stilled the storms.
“To deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine.” (19)
The famine around us does not affect our souls because the God of abundance lives there.
Second Reading: Romans 8: 14-17
Children of God
“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father! It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (15-16)
If we have been permitted to cry out to God as our Father, it is the Spirit of God that raises that voice in our human spirit. Therefore, firstly we must believe and know that we are children of God. Then, as children of God, we must not fear the brickbats coming our way. In fact, it is then that we can be certain that we are in alignment with God’s plan for us! Why else would we have opposition?!
Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20
The Great Commission
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority 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 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, till the end of the age.” (18-20)
As Christ ascends into heaven, he commissions his disciples with these words! We adopted children of God, have been bought at a very precious price: by the blood of Jesus, Son of God himself. Therefore it becomes imperative for us to walk in the light of his spirit, bound by his infinite love and mercy. He is with us and will be with us until the end of ages! How blessed are we!
Then, we ought to do as he has commanded: Go and make disciples! We can begin with our own lives, being an example of Christ living in us! Proclaiming through our everyday living, as models to those around us. This a great evangelizing technique, more powerful than any words.
Go therefore, Proclaim Jesus by your lives! Amen!