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Candle Lighting Prayer

May 26, 2024

The Most Holy Trinity

FOCUS:    Through baptism we receive our identity as children of God with Christ. 

 

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is central to our Christian faith. We are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, receiving the Spirit that enables us to call God our Father. Our identity as sons and daughters of God calls us to share in the Son’s suffering, so that we might also share in his glory. 

What's in Your Heart

The Christian ethicist Stanley Hauerwas has said, “Christianity is not beliefs about God plus behavior. We are Christians not because of what we believe, but because we have been called to be disciples of Jesus. To become a disciple is not a matter of a new or changed self-understanding, but rather to become part of a different community with a different set of practices.” In other words, being the disciples Jesus commands his church is as much about doing as being. Today’s readings seem to say we need to do both: Be adopted children of God, and do what God commands.

  • How do I understand the Trinity in ways that avoid too much abstraction? What are some concrete ways I have lived out a Trinitarian faith?

  • What do Saint Paul’s words about suffering with Christ in order to be glorified with Christ mean to me?

  • How am I an “heir” of God? What in my “inheritance” of faith do I value the most?

Homily Stories

The last time I saw him was some 40 years ago at his parents’ home. He was leaving to go into basic training in the army. I gave him a blessing and wished him well. 

I didn’t recognize him decades later, but he did me. He reached out to shake my hand using his left arm. His right hand hung down from an immobile right arm. We talked. I soon learned that he had been injured in a bomb that killed all the other soldiers in their truck somewhere in the Middle East 35 years ago. He was the only survivor. All his friends died in the explosion. His body only partially healed. His soul never did. 

We met a few times. He was always polite. But his anger with God ran deep. Why did God allow war? What side was God on? Why did God abandon him and take his friends? Why didn’t God take him? Why didn’t God hear his prayers? He had his questions but wanted no answers. He carried his post-traumatic stress disorder with him, which he acknowledged to his too-early death, his not finished life. But he never admitted that his struggle with God could still allow him to see the mystery that is God. This is what we do celebrating the feast of the Most Holy Trinity this Memorial Day weekend. Together they both remind us of the mystery of God’s presence and that there are questions we can never answer. But we still can believe.

Father Dominic Grassi

Light and Shadow
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First Reading

Reading 1. Holy Trinity
00:00 / 01:34

Second Reading

Reading 2. Holy Trinity
00:00 / 00:53

Gospel

Gospel
00:00 / 00:37

Reflection

The story of salvation history is all about forever: about God’s promises which, like everything else about God, have no boundaries or expiration dates. Today, Moses tells the people about a forever lease on the land of promise. Saint Paul writes about an inheritance in Christ that means glory unending. In the gospel Jesus gives his word to his still weak and doubtful followers that, even though he is leaving them, he will be present to them always. Even though seasons end, Moses disappears, Paul is martyred, and Jesus ascends into heaven, the eternal things remain true, and—the best part—nothing is lost. Goodness has no end because God is good and God has no end.

Quotes

  • A hero is someone who has given his or her life for something bigger than one’s self.
    —Joseph Campbell, author

  • Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
    —Maya Angelou

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