The Most Holy Trinity, Year A, 7th June 2020

‘The God of Love and Peace be with you!’

One God, three persons united in a constant flow of love and tenderness! On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we are all invited to be drawn deeper into the rhythm of this eternal dance of love.

Moses met God in the form of a cloud (First Reading). God revealed the foundational truth that underlies the commandments Moses was carrying: the Lord is compassion and tenderness, slow to anger and rich in kindness.

The Psalm from the Book of Daniel is an excerpt from a joyful song of praise, attributed to three men whose faith had saved them from a fiery furnace: ‘To you glory and praise for evermore’.

In Paul’s letter (Second Reading) we hear how the early Christian community were encouraged to embody this Trinitarian loving relationship, in how they lived and greeted one another. As we slowly start to emerge from the restrictions we have been living under, may we truly value and cherish our bonds of friendship.

In John’s Gospel, Jesus reveals to Nicodemus the depth of God’s love for all people. God sent his Son so that all may have eternal life.

Our Creator God became fully human and lived as one of us, physically living out the compassion and tenderness revealed to Moses centuries before. At Pentecost, the Spirit of God was poured into the hearts of Jesus’s followers. This same Spirit of love and kindness unites us now as we pray, whether we do so alone, with a group, or in a virtual gathering. May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

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The Most Holy Trinity, Year C, 16th June 2019

The love of God has been poured into our hearts

One God, Three Persons, united in One Love that has been poured into our hearts! We begin our readings with a beautiful description of how this creative relationship of Love was one with the Creator before all things came into being. Wisdom delighted God as she danced through creation in a spirit of playfulness (First Reading).

The Psalm is a song of human delight in God’s creation, and it sings also of the relationship with creation in which God has invited us to share.

The Second Reading explores this Trinitarian relationship. Through our unity with Jesus we are at peace with God and the love of God enters our hearts by the Holy Spirit. In this letter to the Romans, we are reminded of how this love will helps us to grow in the trinity of Faith, Hope and Love.

In St John’s Gospel, Jesus encourages his disciples by saying that they do not need to know everything whilst he is still with them. The Holy Spirit will be their guide, and will lead them deeper into the truth of the relationship of Father, Son and Spirit: each Person of the Trinity pouring love into the other.

As the Spirit of love has been poured into our hearts, so  we are called to pour out the love of the Spirit into the hearts of all whom we meet. Our faith is based on a God of relationship, and will deepen when we enter more fully into that relationship through prayer. As we try to bring God’s Spirit to all we meet, let us hold each other in prayer this coming week in that same Spirit of creative love.

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Trinity Sunday, Year B, 27th May 2018

Our spirit and God’s Spirit are united as we call God “Abba, Father”

The readings of today’s feast of the most holy Trinity reveal the great gift being offered to us – communion with God. We are offered a share in the very life of the divine community that is God: Father, Son and Spirit.

In the First Reading, Moses kindles in the people a realisation that God is so close as to be heard. His voice is one that chooses and calls the people to fullness of life.

The Psalm echoes this theme. We are the Lord’s own chosen people – this is what fills us with hope.

The Second Reading explains how such a gift comes about. Only by the power of the Spirit, as children of God, are we able to cry ‘Abba, Father’.

Finally, the Gospel shows what this gift means – we are not to rest easy as heirs of God, but to go out to every nation, sharing the gift by inviting others into the same communion with God.

Let’s ask, this week, for a greater sense of being called into the very life of the Trinity so that, filled with grateful joy, we might go out and invite others as well.

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Trinity Sunday, Year A, 11th June 2017

God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness

We end our Easter Season with the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. We celebrate the communion of love that is God and in which we are all called to share. Rublev’s icon of the Trinity, depicted at the top of the page of this week’s Prego, shows the open fourth side of the table. This is our place: we are invited to share in the kindness and love of God.

God himself speaks to Moses his own self-definition: God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness. In return Moses bows in adoration, and humbly asks God to forgive the faults of the people and become their God. (First Reading).

The Gospel speaks of God as our Father who so loved our world that he sent Jesus to live and die as one of us.

St Paul (Second Reading) ends his second letter to the Corinthians with words of encouragement and blessing in the name of the Trinity.

The Psalm uses the words of Daniel to praise and give thanks to God: to you glory and praise for ever more.

In the stillness of my prayer, I ponder the mystery of God made man for me. I too may praise God: to you be glory for ever!

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