Lectionary Reflections: Trinity Sunday [c] May 22, 2016

Engaging Faith | Fri, May 13, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Center of Concern

Trinity Sunday [c]

May 22, 2016 


Proverbs 8:22-31

Romans 5:1-5

John 16:12-15



May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22: Trinity Sunday 

May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity  

May 23: Victoria Day in Canada

May 29: Feast of Corpus Christi

May 29: International Day of UN Peacekeepers

May 30: Memorial Day in the United States



Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 240

God reveals himself to us as one who is not alone, but rather as one who is relational, one who is Trinity. Therefore, we who are made in God's image share this communal, social nature. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice.

-U.S. Catholic Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

A spirituality of communion indicates above all the heart's contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity dwelling in us, and whose light we must also be able to see shining on the face of the brothers and sisters around us.

-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 43

The communion of Christians with Jesus has the communion of God as Trinity, namely, the unity of the Son to the Father in the gift of the Holy Spirit, as its model and source, and is itself the means to achieve this communion: united to the Son in the Spirit's bond of love, Christians are united to the Father.

-John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, 18

Because God is the creator, redeemer, lover of the world, God’s own honor is at stake in human happiness.  Wherever human beings are violated, diminished, or have their life drained away, God’s glory is dimmed and dishonored.  Wherever human beings are quickened to fuller and richer life, God’s glory is enhanced.  A community of justice and peace (thriving among human beings) and God’s glory increase in direct and not inverse proportion.

-Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., She Who Is, 14


Thoughts for Your Consideration

God is Trinity. God is relational. We are like God. We are “all connected” as a community of faith, hope and love—a community of justice and peace—a community that hopes to be one family—a community that brings rich and poor together. The Spirit of God is part of that community.

The Book of Wisdom includes two themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

  1. The Spirit of God was present in creation from the very beginning. The sacred and secular are connected or to put it in other words, God is found to be intimately connected to the world. We can find God in creation and we hear God’s call to respect creation.  We can find God in the human story and the human effort to act for justice and peace.
  2. God takes “special delight in the human race” or to put it in other words, every human person has a special dignity and goodness. God looks on every person with delight.

The Letter to the Romans reminds us that this presence and action of the Divine is a source of hope. 

The gospel reminds us not to forget that it is the very Spirit of God that will guide us through all the complexity of our life. The Spirit that is with us is the same spirit that creates, redeems and sanctifies. The Spirit is present in the challenges of our human life.

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