In the readings for the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Sunday, May 27, we reflect on the mystery of God, who is three persons in one God.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other.
Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
You received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”
“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.”
You can read the full text of this Sunday’s readings here:
Today, on the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we’re offered images of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that show their unity and their distinction. We see God as a community of love who has chosen us to participate in that love. In our first reading, Moses is trying to redirect the attention of the travel-worn Hebrews, reminding them of the goodness of God. He reminds them that God chose them to be his people; that God loves and protects them with great power, and God’s plan for them is freedom and peace. Moses tells them to “fix in your heart” the relationship that God freely gifts to us.
In the second reading, Paul tells us that if we allow ourselves to be led by God’s Spirit, then we are living as children of God. He echoes Jesus’ invocation of God as “Abba” (“daddy”), who we can go to with all of our problems, cares, concerns, fears, and worries. We have a God who cares deeply for each of us. And God sent us his Holy Spirit to be with us always and witness to our devotion to God.
Our Gospel reinforces the relationship that we’re offered through Jesus. The Apostles saw Jesus resurrected and about to ascend to heaven. They, “worshiped, but doubted.” Jesus gave them the mission that belongs to all of God’s children—to share the love that they have been given by their Father. They didn’t have it all together—they put their faith in Jesus, but they also had some uncertainty. We’re in good company that way.
But, that is the gift of God—we don’t have to be perfect to do what God asks us, but we have to try. God’s revelation of himself as a strong, protective Father, Son (a brother to us), and a Spirit that is always with us as a helper and advocate, is worth celebrating.
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is always with you?
What image of God resounds most perfectly with you? How does the mystery of the Trinity help you to understand God’s enormity and perfection?
How does being a parent help you to understand God’s love for you? How does it change how you relate to God as “father” or “daddy”?
Families are the most perfect reflection of the Trinity that God put on earth. How does your family reflect God’s 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.”