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Scripture Reflection - May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

“I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you.” On this, Trinity Sunday, our God invites us to reflect on relationships – the relationships of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three distinct persons but one God.  A mystery we do not fully understand, but as we are promised in the Gospel of John, will be revealed to us as we deepen our relationship with God, the members of the human family and all of creation.

We have all been created with the desire to cultivate mutual and loving relationships.  Catholic social teachings invite us to work together to create healthy relationships among all of God’s people.  Relationships of respect and collaboration that will lead to renewing our world torn by hatred, blood shed, violence and chaos.  From the beginning of time, our God has done great things for His people.  He has led them from slavery to liberation.  It is the desire of our God that all creation exist in healthy and just relationships.  At this time we are invited to participate in helping to bring this vision to fruition.  God’s greatest desire is that people live with dignity, love and in right relationship with each other. 

Jesus spoke to his disciples at the Last Supper that he still had much to say to them and that it would be gradually revealed when we reflect on the tragedies that are occurring daily in our world, we ask ourselves what is God revealing to us and asking us to do? People are losing their lives every day in senseless violence, the right of refugees fleeing their homeland because of intolerance and persecution is heartbreaking.  Unaccompanied children are crossing our boarders seeking food and shelter.  Women continue to be trafficked and abused.  These circumstances are multiplied day after day nationally and internationally.

Our relationship with the earth is out of control.  Climate is changing.  Some species are becoming extinct.  Our way of living is no longer sustainable. More and more people are being seriously affected by the injustices in our economic systems.  Some people are making inordinate amounts of money while others work long hours in oppressive situations for unjust wages.  Others have no jobs at all.

All of this is overwhelming but we are not alone.  We have the presence of our Trinitarian God and the reassuring words of Jesus to his disciples at the Last Supper.  I have much to say to you and when the time comes I will reveal it to you. We need the wisdom of God and the way of Jesus Christ to get our relationships back in order.

We are being invited to spend time with the question “What is the mystery of the Trinitarian mystery calling us to?”

Let us pray. Glory be to the Father And to the Son and to The Holy Spirit as it Was in the beginning And is now forever And ever.  Amen. Ursula McGovern, OP


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