Trinity Sunday

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Gospel Reflection for Trinity Sunday Year C – May 26th 2013

Full scripture for this Sunday is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.


SCRIPTURE

FIRST & SECOND READINGS  

FIRST READING  Proverbs 8:22-31

The Wisdom of God cries out:

“The Lord created me when his purpose first unfolded,
before the oldest of his works.
 From everlasting I was firmly set, from the beginning,
before earth came into being.
The deep was not, when I was born,
there were no springs to gush with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills,
I came to birth;
before he made the earth, the countryside,
or the first grains of the world’s dust.
When he fixed the heavens firm,
I was there,
when he drew a ring on the surface of the deep,
when he thickened the clouds above,
when he fixed fast the springs of the deep,
when he assigned the sea its boundaries-
and the waters will not invade the shore-
when he laid down the foundations of the earth,
I was by his side, a master craftsman,
delighting him day after day,
ever at play in his presence,
at play everywhere in his world,
delighting to be with the sons of men.

SECOND READING:          Romans5:1-5

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God’s glory. But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.

GOSPEL 

Jesus said to his disciples

I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.

John 16:12-15


REFLECTION

Wisdom, truth and love seem to be the themes of readings today, and that love will lead to hope.

It’s a tough sort of feast, as we cannot understand the truth of the Trinity. But we can ‘hit’ it from different angles.

Beginning of Time
The wisdom of God has been born before the beginning of time. Somehow wisdom is essential to God – and is presented very often as female. In celebrating the Trinity we celebrate and ask for wisdom which comes from the heart of God. So wisdom is the sort of wisdom that comes from love.

Love is ‘poured’ into our hearts by the Spirit. Connected with love are qualities we would want to live by – courage and hope. These are the gifts of the Spirit as wisdom may be the gift of the Father.

Source of Truth
Jesus is presented by the gospel as the source of truth. His also is the truth of love, as his truth is best seen on the cross, in his self-sacrificing love.

The most famous icon of the Trinity by Rublev, well-known to us now, has the Trinity at a table and an empty space at the table for us all. We are part of their love, and their life of wisdom, truth and love which they wish to share with us.

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.

Donal Neary SJ

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