The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent are simultaneously simple and overwhelmingly profound. Our eyes see and our hearts hear of physical water, but our spirits hunger and thirst for the Holy Spirit.
The readings for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time demonstrate for us that God's call of mankind is truly transformative. The first reading begins: "The Lord said to me: you are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory."
Scripture scholars aren't certain of the identity of the servant. It may be Isaiah, or it may be Israel. We know that God has called Isaiah to be His servant, as He also called Israel to be His servant. However, isn't it true that He has called us also to be His servants?
The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that to know and act upon God's will for our lives, we need all the help we can get from Him.
The first reading asks the question: "Who can know God's counsel or who can conceive what the Lord intends?" It takes very little experience to realize that when it comes to understanding our own inconsistent complexities and how these relate to God's will, we humans are clueless.
On May 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, and the readings shed light on this, the greatest of divine mysteries.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (234) states: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the 'hierarchy of the truths of faith.'"