Sunday, June 15, 2014

Today's Mass Readings - Sunday, June 15, 2014 with Reflection

Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

1ST READING - Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai as the Lord had commanded him, taking along the two stone tablets. Having come down  in a cloud, the Lord stood with him there and proclaimed his name, “Lord.” Thus the Lord passed before him and cried out, “The Lord, the Lord, a  merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship. 9Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.”
P S A LM - Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55
R: Glory and praise for ever!
29 [Dan 3:52] “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; and blessed is your  holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages. (R) 30 [Dan 3:53]Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever. (R) 31 [Dan 3:54] Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. (R) 32 [Dan 3:55]Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. (R)

ST READING - 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
11 Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Gospel JN 3:16-18

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.



One of the most celebrated images of the Trinity is the icon painted by Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It depicts three angels looking into a bowl-like chalice. The two angels look towards the third angel. Interpretively, they are looking at Jesus, the only Son of God, the Anointed One sent by the Father. You will notice a hole in the altar, an open space that represents the openness of heaven to its children who have gone astray and are wandering the face of the earth. In the distance, one may notice the oak tree of Mamre, where Abraham hosted the three visitors. The temple overshadows the figures in the background. Rich in symbolism, it draws the worshipper into the mystery of the Trinity, the mystery of Love.

Today’s Gospel is a well-known verse, short and straight to the point, but full of meaning and mystery. God the Creator — the Father — loves this world which He has created. God is interested in the life of His children. When the Triune God saw the chaos of the Earth (icon of the Trinity), God planned an awesome event that would take place in the fullness of time. His only begotten Son, Jesus, and the Second person of the Blessed Trinity, would be born like us in all things except sin. He lived, worked and ministered the love of God to many people. The love between Father and Son is manifested in the working of the Holy Spirit, the Third person of the Trinity, which is our feast today in the life of the Church.

For John the evangelist, to see is to believe. Believing in Jesus is eternal life here and now. God desires that we place our faith and trust in His only Son, who has opened the gates of heaven by His obedience to the Father. God wants all to be saved. He desires all to have eternal life in His Kingdom. Jesus, by His death and resurrection, has saved us and set us free from the darkness of Satan’s rule. Whoever believes in Jesus will not be condemned.

Let us profess our faith in this Triune God, opening ourselves to the mystery of Love that is God. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: What is your relationship with the Trinity — Father, Son and the Holy Spirit?

Father, I ask You this favor (state your intention) through Jesus, Your Son, in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen..

Servant of God Orlando Catanii, pray for us.

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