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Scripture Reflection - May 26, 2024


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 - Romans 8:14-17 - Matthew 28:16-20

Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York Scripture Reflection

Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

 

The concluding sentence in today’s gospel reassures us of God’s fidelity, but are we open to allowing this message to ruminate in our busy minds and hearts?

 

God does not love.  God is love.  There is a paradigm shift here that could open us to another way of thinking and believing.

 

In this Spring wedding season, it is said in the presence of the bride and groom and their assembled guests:  “Until death do us part.”  At baptism, a permanent stamp is placed on the infant or adult destined for the grace to be received from the sacrament.  At each Eucharist, the body of Christ is One with our body.  With a life nourished by these sacraments, we depart forever betrothed to God.  Therefore, we have some clue of what God’s love is after knowing loving people who have been instrumental in our lives because they were human gods of an all-encompassing love as we shared a common journey.

 

Those who have never known their biological parents are provided with assurance from St. Paul when he states, “We have received a spirit of adoption.”  Even though we may be rejecting our own self-worth or have been given over to someone to raise us, God does not differentiate.  If a family commits to a permanent relationship with a parentless child, there is hope for the one taken in by a family willing to love one another.

 

As women of hope and service to God, our Blauvelt Congregation and many others have taken in children and provided them with stability and religious instruction, which has benefited thousands of children.  In this moment, individuals and families are called to continue the corporal works of mercy by offering life-giving opportunities to those seeking shelter and life with dignity.

 

The call to love challenges us, who have been newly reminded that the power transferred from Jesus to the Spirit to us is to adopt new ways of opening our hearts and homes to enable those in need of the experience of God’s love and acceptance through the human family.


Aware of God’s love and power of Pentecost, we are instructed to Go out into the world and BE the good news.

 



Sr. Dorothy Maxwell, OP

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