Sunday Scripture Readings


Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9; Daniel 3:52-56;

2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

OUR GOOD NEWS: The mystery of the Trinity models for us profound unity to which we are called. In caring for his Chosen People God shows us what he's really like. Contrary to frequent understanding, God is neither an indifferent Creator nor a punitive Judge but is forgiving, loving and caring far beyond human imagining. "The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity." If we really hear and accept this amazing revelation first announced to Moses (first selection), how would this Good News change our minds and attitudes? Today's responsorial psalm are the opening verses of a hymn sung by three young Jews as they walked unscathed through Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace. We too praise God best by recalling all the good things he has done for us, individually and as his Chosen People. God's sovereignty over all creation has been delegated to Christ, whose kingship is now being extended, primarily through the Church, over the earth through the Holy Spirit's effective activity. Christ, who dwells in the uppermost regions of created existence, oversees with lordly wisdom and power the depths of everything that is. "Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the Cherubim." In the second reading Paul assures us that Trinitarian life isn't academic or theoretical but practical. It's the basis for authentic Christian living as individuals and in community, overcoming sad sinful tendencies toward factionalism. "Mend your ways, encourage one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you." Our venerable practice of greeting during worship summons us to genuine, unfeigned affection, through which we discover the hidden God's love. "Greet one another with a holy kiss!" "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." Reference to the kiss of peace flows naturally into this Trinitarian formula for God, since the love and unity perfectly revealed within the Trinity is to be reflected in the Church on earth. Paul asked for a continuation and deepening of this action-gift that establishes and builds up the Church. Behind this grace is the overarching "love of God (Father)," the central Good News proclaimed in the Old Testament and now fully revealed through what the Son did and suffered. Further, Paul wished a continuing and deepening of our "participation" in the Holy Spirit, a drawing together to receive the divine gifts of love and unity.

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