God is a community of love. We call this community the Trinity. God is a model for us of how we’re supposed to live in relationship, and our families, our “little churches,” are a reflection of that love. We ask God to “come along in our company” so that we can always live in God’s love.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Exodus 34:4b-6; 8-9
“If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company.”
Glory and praise for ever!
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace…
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.
You can read the full text of this Sunday’s readings here:
The readings that are chosen for the Church’s celebration of the Most Holy Trinity are interesting. First, Moses asks God to come with the people of Israel through their journey in the desert, even though they are a difficult group of people. Moses points out that God is “slow to anger and rich in kindness”, attributes needed by a responsible person who’s leading a group of “stiff necked people” on a long journey.
The second reading has Paul telling the Corinthians to encourage one another, be on the same page, and to “greet one another with a holy kiss”–to have affection for one another. This can be hard sometimes in families–we live in close quarters and we don’t always get along. But, God is the First Family (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and gives us a reminder of what it takes to get along.
The Gospel is a reminder that God the Father sent Jesus to us because he loved us so much that he wanted us to learn how to be ready for heaven so we could be with God forever when it’s time. If we accept Jesus’ example of love for others, we are well on our way.
Have you even been on a long journey–maybe a car ride or airplane ride that seemed to take forever? Were you more like Moses who tried to keep everyone cheerful, or were you more like the complaining people who were testing Moses’ patience? If you were annoyed with the trip, who or what made it more fun?
The second reading tells us to “mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace.” What “ways” do you have to mend in order to be encouraging and agreeable with your family? How can you contribute more to living in peace in your house? What ways do you already do that? What are some things that your family agrees on?
How do you see the reality of the Trinity as an important foundation of our faith? Why is it important that God is a community of love?
A little lectio
The ancient practice of prayerfully reflecting on bits of Scripture is known as lectio divina. Want to try it out with your family? Head over to Lectio Divina for Kids to find out how to adapt this prayer practice for your kids.
A little Bible study
Want to do a little Bible study with your kids? Here are some tips:
- During Ordinary Time, the Church pairs the Old Testament and New Testament readings in a way that each sheds light on the other. Ask your kids to look for the common theme connecting the two readings. (Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it is subtle.) How does the “dialogue” between the readings help you understand them better?
- Get a New American Bible, Revised Edition, and take a look at the footnotes for these readings. How do they change your understanding of what is going on?
- Take a look at the context for the readings—what happens before, or after?
- Read the NABRE’s introduction to the book of the Bible that the readings are taken from. How does that help you understand the readings?
- If you don’t have a copy of the NABRE at home, you can view it online at the USCCB website at the Daily Readings web page. (The link will take you to today’s reading; click forward or backward on the dates to get to Sunday’s readings.)
For even more resources for breaking open this Sunday’s readings, head over to The Sunday Website.
The image for Breaking Open the Word at Home is taken from a 17th century illuminated manuscript by an anonymous (but very talented) artist. The text is from the beginning of the Book of Sirach, chapter 1, verses 1-12, which begins: “All wisdom is from the Lord and remains with him forever.”