Solemnity of the Holy Trinity
First Reading | Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Moses asked the people to reflect on what God did for them. He reminded them of His interventions on their behalf. He said they should trust God even though it was difficult to know His intentions at times. This happened before the giving of the Ten Commandments. Moses seemed to be preparing the people to place their trust in the commandments that God was about to reveal to them.
32 Moses said to the people: “Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? 33 Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? 34 Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, with his strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the Lord, your God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? 39 This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. 40 You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you forever.”
Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
4 Upright is the word of the Lord, and all his works are trustworthy. 5 He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. (R) 6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host. 9 For he spoke, and it was made; he commanded, and it stood forth. (R) 18 See, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, 19 to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine. (R) 20 Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and our shield. 22 May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us who have put our hope in you. (R)
Second Reading | Romans 8:14-17
Paul reminded us that we are all sons and daughters of the Father. We will face trials, difficulties, and sufferings but will never go through these things alone. God is with us. When we suffer with Him, we are reminded that we will also rise with Him when He comes again. Let us remember that the blessings and good things in life are worth the effort for us to receive them.
14 Brothers and sisters: Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
Gospel | Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus grants us His power and blessing to be ministers of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This is our baptismal heritage. It is a character-defining moment when we decide to appropriate the blessing of baptism and live it out on a daily basis. It is amazing that Jesus entrusts us with such a privileged task. Let us be faithful in living and proclaiming the Gospel no matter where we are or what we are doing.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted. 18 Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”