June 7, 2020 - Trinity Sunday

Welcome to the Virtual Parish weekly worship!  We encourage you to participate with your family in the following Liturgy of the Word.  You will find audio recordings of the readings and videos of Father Au reading the Gospel and providing his Homily.

Have a Blessed weekend.

The Readings

Audio of the readings, read by Shrine parishioner Debra Nelson

 

First Reading: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9

Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
               Response: "Glory and praise forever!"

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

Gospel

John 3:16-18

 

Homily

To Whom do you Pray?

When you pray, to Whom do you imagine yourself speaking, and what are the feelings conjured up in your heart?  In the celebration of the Trinity we are celebrating our central belief of what is the nature of the God we worship. Yet this central core belief of Christian faith is for most Christians an abstract theological formulation that is the plaything of theologians and philosophers, and which has no real existential connection to how they approach and experience God.

We need to get back in touch with the experience of God to which we are invited by gift of the Spirit given us by the Risen Lord in Pentecost. The first disciples were monotheistic Jews who believed in the radical Oneness of the God Who created the world and Who revealed Himself to Abraham. In the Resurrection they experienced that this God had expressed Himself in the person of Jesus through Whom He took our humanity and experience into Himself. With the gift of the Spirit in Pentecost they experienced the presence and power of God drawing them into the intimacy of love that Jesus said He shared with the Father and which Hew would share with them.

Thus, St.Paul said, "We have been given the Spirit that allows us to call God Father! " In celebrating the Trinity, we are called to embrace the experience of allowing the Spirit, which is the gift of the Risen Lord to draw us into the transforming intimacy of Love that Jesus shares with the Father. Thus, today's feast is not about affirming an abstract theological formulation, but about daring to believe that through power of the Spirit, the Risen Jesus is inviting us to joyfully embrace the intimacy of Love in which the Creator of the universe wants to embrace us as a Daddy and Mommy embrace their child. Is this the God to Whom you are speaking when you pray?

 

Intercessions

  • For our nation, that we may root out racial injustice and come together regardless of different cultural backgrounds. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • That all voices may be heard and for a renewed commitment among leaders to protect all lives. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • That the pandemic may soon come to an end and for those working to find a vaccine. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For those who are afraid and upset, discriminated against, and marginalized. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For all who need healing at this time, that they may be filled with the hope and strength of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For migrants, refugees, and all other strangers in our midst, that they may find strength in our concern for justice, and that may seek to understand the many tongues spoken in our community. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For the sick, especially those whose names are listed in our prayers, and their caregivers. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For those who have died, may they celebrate everlasting life in Christ Jesus. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus, may God console them and grant them peace. Let us pray to the Lord...
  • For those prayers we hold in the silence of our hearts. Let us pray to the Lord...

 

Closing Prayer

One God, in Three Persons, creator of one human species, in many hues: all who pray to you are descendants of Adam and Eve, all members of one race called “human.”

Forgive the blindness that causes our eyes to notice and magnify those things we regard as different from ourselves in others. Teach us to see clearly, that we, your children, are far more alike than we are different. Help us to put aside the racial prejudices embedded within us, and to see within every person the Child of God you created, our sister or brother, destined for Glory.

In the name of One who died for all persons, of all colors, Jesus Christ.


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