Engaging Faith | Tue, Jun 14, 2011
Trinity Sunday [a]
June 19, 2011
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought www.greeningtheblue.org
June 19: Father’s Day in the US
June 20: World Refugee Day http://www.worldrefugeeday.us
(June is Refugee Awareness Month.)
June 21: Start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere
June 26: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
(June is Torture Awareness Month. http://www.nrcat.org/index.php )
The solidarity which binds all people together as members of a common family makes it impossible for wealthy nations to look with indifference upon the hunger, misery and poverty of other nations whose citizens are unable to enjoy even elementary human rights. The nations of the world are becoming more and more dependent on one another and it will not be possible to preserve a lasting peace so long as glaring economic and social imbalances persist.
John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, #157
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
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.
Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions,
Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops
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 CSJ, She Who Is, 14
Each member of the human family is equal in dignity and has equal rights because we are all children of the one God. We are sisters and brothers to each other. We understand God to be a trinity of persons and so we see the image of God reflected not only in individuals, but also in communities. Together in community we bear the image of our God whose very nature is communal.
Thoughts for your consideration
In some ways today’s scriptures for Trinity Sunday are a story of discovery – the discovery of God – the discovery of who God is, what God is like and what God offers to us.
On the mountain, Moses finds a God with whom he can converse in some way. Moses finds a God with whom he (Moses) wants to walk. Moses asks this God to journey with all the people.
Again and again, in the scriptures we discover a God of relationship. God is more than totally other. We discover a God traveling with us and with the whole community. Our God is a social God – a God who is concerned with our world and its people.
The second reading reminds us that the relationship that exists within God (Trinity) also mirrors the relationship that should exist within us as a human community – a relationship of mutuality and support - a relationship of love and respect. Jesus reminds us in the gospel that God travels with us not to condemn but to love – to be of help to all of us.
Our teaching about God and the great mystery of God is a social teaching. As God is a social being, so are we. Any good theology of God has social implications. It calls us to social values. Our religious faith involves a community of mutual support and discovery. It involves a set of values that we share in common. We are concerned with the issues of the world and everyday life. We are concerned with justice and peace. We focus on the common good. We see God in all people and in all of creation. We have a special concern for the poor. We have hope in the midst of all the problems and challenges of the world.
We are concerned about any political and economic power that excludes the poor. We are concerned for the protection of the environment. We are concerned about those attitudes that see people simply as consumers. We are concerned about domestic violence, the violence and war in Afghanistan and Libya and the Congo and all other places. We are concerned with those who are in need whether it is the people in Haiti who still struggle after their earthquake or the people of Japan who are still recovering from their nature disasters. or those who have lost jobs here in the United States, or those who cannot afford the increasing prices for food, or those who work in the developing world without a living wage,
We repudiate any spirituality that disconnects us from these concerns for the world.
Questions for Reflection in your Faith Sharing Group
When have you discovered God as someone who is journeying with your community?
When has God blessed you with the experience of being in community with others?
In John’s gospel we read: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.”
As God loves the world and looks at the world, how does God react to how we have treated the planet and used its resources?
In John’s gospel we read: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.”
As God loves the world and looks at the world, how does God react to all our wars and history of violence and fighting?
Actions - Links
June is Refugee Awareness Month.
June 20 is World Refugee Day http://www.worldrefugeeday.us
The Jesuit Refugee Service USA: http://www.jrsusa.org/
Jesuit Refugee Service: http://www.jrs.net
UN High Commissioner for Refugees http://www.unhcr.org
United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR) http://www.unrefugees.org
June is Torture Awareness Month.
Ideas and action suggestions from the National Religious Campaign against Torture.
“The increase in total private-sector wages, adjusted for inflation, from the start of 2001 has fallen far short of any 10-year period since World War II, according to Commerce Department data. In fact, if the data are to be believed, economy-wide wage gains have even lagged those in the decade of the Great Depression (adjusted for deflation). … Over the past decade, real private-sector wage growth has scraped bottom at 4%, just below the 5% increase from 1929 to 1939, government data show. … To put that in perspective, since the Great Depression, 10-year gains in real private wages had always exceeded 25% with one exception: the period ended in 1982-83, when the jobless rate spiked above 10% and wage gains briefly decelerated to 16%.”
Prayers of Intercession
Response: May we share the fullness of life in Christ.
For all immigrants and refugees who are searching for a safe home, we pray…
For people who live in nations that are torn apart by violence, we pray…..
For the people of our world as they struggle with higher food and energy prices, we pray…..
For those children of the world who still do not have access to education, we pray….
For all those who do not have access to quality health care, we pray….
For the people of our nations who have lost jobs or homes in our recession, we pray…..
For all the people of the world who desire to live in peace and harmony, we pray….
Teach me your Way, O Lord
Lord, Teach me your way of treating others – sinners, children, Pharisees, Pilates and Herods, and also John the Baptists.
Teach me your way of eating and drinking, and how to act when I'm tired from work and need rest.
Teach me compassion for the suffering, the poor, the blind, and the lame. You, who shed tears, show me how to live my deepest emotions. Above all, I want to learn how you endured your Cross.
Teach me your way of looking at people: the way you glanced at Peter after his denial, the way you touched the heart of the rich young man and the hearts of your disciples.
I would like to meet you as you really are, since you change those who really know you. If only I could hear you speak as when you spoke in the synagogue of Capernaum or on the Mount of Beatitudes!
Give me grace to live my life, within and without, the way you lived your life, O Lord.
Pedro Arrupe, SJ