The Most Holy Trinity
June 7, 2020
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
— John 3:16a
Dear Parish Family,
“Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
Along with the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary, this short prayer to the Trinity is one of the prayers which many of us learned from our parents. In fact it almost seemed automatic that all three prayers were said one after the other; a “trinity” of prayers.
The second part of the prayer contains the word “it.” What does the “it” stand for? “As it was in the beginning, is now….” Certainly, we would never think of God as “it.” The word “it” could mean the existence of God, an existence which always was and always will be. The readings for today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity give another possible meaning of the word “it.”
In the first reading from Exodus, the Lord tells Moses how rich He is in mercy and kindness. In the second reading from St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes that God is a “God of love and peace.” We hear in the gospel that God’s love is so great that He even gave His only Son to the world so that the world will enjoy eternal life.
So another meaning of the word “it” could be God’s love, something which we can always depend on, from our God who loved us first.
Sharing God’s love is something we are all called to do, and some are called to share that love in a special way. One of those who shared God’s love in a special way with many has been Patti Dougherty, our Director of Religious Education, who recently announced her retirement after many faithful years of service to our St Thomas the Apostle community. Patti’s last day will be August 1. While we are saddened by Patti’s departure and wish her well, we also warmly welcome Lorraine Katz as our new DRE.
As we say good-bye to Patti and as we welcome Lorraine, may our prayer for them be the closing words from the second reading: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with both of you.”
In the Word,
First Reading — The LORD, merciful and gracious, rich in kindness and faithfulness (Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9).
Psalm — Glory and praise for ever! (Daniel 3).
Second Reading — Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Live with one another in peace, and the God of peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11-13).
Gospel — God did not send the Son to condemn the world, but to give it abundant life (John 3:16-18).
Readings for the Week
Monday: 1 Kgs 17:1-6; Ps 121:1bc-8; Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 17:7-16; Ps 4:2-5, 7b-8; Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 18:20-39; Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab, 8, 11; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3; Ps 65:10-13; Mt 5:20-26
Friday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16; Ps 27:7-9abc, 13-14; Mt 5:27-32
Saturday: 1 Kgs 19:19-21; Ps 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-10; Mt 5:33-37
Sunday: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58