May 27 - Feast of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit

May 24th, 2018

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First Reading  Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40

Moses teaches the people that Yahweh is the only God

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Responsorial Psalm   Psalm 33:4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22

A prayer for the Lord's mercy

 

Second Reading  Romans 8:14-17

Through the Spirit, we have been adopted as children of God.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 28:16-20

 

 

Jesus called God his Father, but did so in a special way. Jesus called his Father “Abba”, an Aramaic word, which means something like our “Daddy.” (Aramaic was the language in Palestine at the time of Jesus). So now we do not look on God as distant from us. Our heavenly Father is our Abba, he is our Daddy, the most perfect Daddy we could have. He is someone we can turn to in good times as well in bad, someone who will listen to us, someone who wants our good. The baby Jesus is described with the name “Emmanuel” in the Gospel of Matthew. Emmanuel means GOD IS WITH US. In Jesus, God is really With Us. Jesus is our brother. Paul sums it up very well, “If God is on our side, who can be against us.” (Rom 8:31). Jesus himself called the Spirit “the Comforter.” Like the Father and Jesus, the Spirit is also on our side to help us when we need. Paul says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” (Rom 8:26). On this Sunday every year we remember that God is our Father, our Daddy or Abba, and our brother Jesus who is Immanuel, God with us, and that nothing can separate us from his love except sin, and that God is also the Spirit who helps us in our weakness. Since God is a Daddy, and a Son who is Immanuel, God with us, and a Spirit who helps us in our weakness, let us continue to turn to God in our times of need. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.