Trinity Sunday [a] June 11, 2017 

Engaging Faith | Mon, Jun 5, 2017

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Trinity Sunday [a]

June 11, 2017


Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 

2 Corinthians 13:11-13 

John 3:16-18



June 5: World Environment Day

June 11: Trinity Sunday 

June 12: World Day Against Child Labor 

June 13: International Albinism Awareness Day 

June 14: World Blood Donor Day 

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 

June 16: International Day of Family Remittances 

June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 

June 18: Father’s Day in the US 

June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

June 19: Juneteenth



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. 

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

At times we can be self-absorbed. Lord, help us to open our hearts to others and to serve those who are most vulnerable. 

-Pope Francis @ Pontifex, June 2, 2014


Thoughts for Your Consideration 

We need to learn from the nature of God. 

We need to learn from this nature how to relate to one another. 

As God is relational and a community of peace and justice, so must we become relational and a community of peace and justice. 

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. Our God is a social God. Our God is Trinity. 

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. 

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