DIVINE COMMUNION OF LOVE
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 15, 2017 RCIA Session
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
"Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai.... Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there.... Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship. Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own." cf. Exodus 34:4-9
SCHEDULE: Newcomers Welcome every Thursday!
- RCIA Sessions will be every Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm, June 15-June 29. Newcomers are welcome any time, all the time!! For the sessions, enter through Door 1 of the School - the Rotunda Door. The Sessions will be in the Holy Family Room each Thursday.
- There will be no Thursday RCIA Sessions in July or the first two weeks of August, but please contact Anne Corcoran or Daniel Neri to get started in RCIA.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming of the Spirit, the Presence of God
- Decide on a time and place to pray every day. Practice beginning your prayer with a disposition that opens you to receiving the mercy and love God has for you, to hear what God wishes to say to you.
- Get involved in the Church.
- Show special love for your spouse or children this week, if you are married. If not, show special love for your family or some other person who is important to you and to your faith.
- Read Chapters 4, 5, & 6 in the USCCA
REFLECTION: Divine Communion of Love
In the first reading Moses speaks with "our Father." As the perfect mediator, Moses asks God to come along with the People, though they are stiff-necked, full of wickedness and sin. Jesus comes to us as the new Moses; Jesus is the final Covenant, the perfect Mediator between God and humanity. Jesus reconciles us to the Father, and it is only in Jesus that we dare to say, "Our Father." After all the Old Covenants between God and the Chosen People, it is only with the coming of Jesus that we begin to understand that our ONE God is truly only ONE, yet THREE DISTINCT PERSONS.
"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" -CCC #234
If the Most Holy Trinity is the very "most central mystery of our faith," what difference does it make to us each in our lives, or in our life as Church? When I get up each morning, or lay down in bed each night, do I feel it made any difference in my day that God is Trinity?
For some clues, read on...then be ready to talk about this at RCIA.
“What is God’s plan? It is to make of us all a single family of his children, in which each person feels that God is close and feels loved by him; as in the Gospel parable [of the prodigal son], feels the warmth of being God’s family. The Church is rooted in this great plan. She is not an organization established by an agreement between a few people, but – as Pope Benedict XVI has so often reminded us – she is a work of God, born precisely from this loving design which is gradually brought about in history. The Church is born from God’s wish to call all people to communion with him, to friendship with him; indeed, to share in his own divine life as his sons and daughters. The very word ‘church,’ from the Greek ekklesia, means ‘convocation’: God convokes us, he impels us to come out of our individualism, from our tendency to close ourselves into ourselves, and he calls us to belong to his family.”
-POPE FRANCIS, GENERAL AUDIENCE, Saint Peter's Square
"At all times and in every race God has given welcome to whosoever fears Him and does what is right.(85) God, however, does not make men holy and save them merely as individuals, without bond or link between one another. Rather has it pleased Him to bring men together as one people, a people which acknowledges Him in truth and serves Him in holiness." -Lumen Gentium, Vatican Council II, 11/21/1964, #9
"Now you are Christ's body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. ...faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love." -1 Corinthians 12:27-31 and 13:13
“Within the family, ‘which could be called a domestic church’ [Lumen Gentium, #11] a person begins a church experience of communion among persons that reflects, through grace, the mystery of the Holy Trinity. ‘In a family, a persons learns endurance, the joy of work, fraternal love and generosity in forgiving others – repeatedly at times – and above all, divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life [CCC, # 1657].” #23 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, 2014
"Scripture and Tradition give us access to a knowledge of the Trinity which is revealed in the features of a family. The family is the image of God who “in his deepest mystery is not all by himself, but a family, since he has in himself fatherhood, sonship and the essence of the family, which is love” (John Paul II, Homily at Parafox Major Seminary, Puebla de Los Angeles (Mexico), 28 January 1979). God is a communion of persons."