FIRST READING Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
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? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? 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 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? 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. 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.”
SECOND READING Romans 8:14-17
Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 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!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 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
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
My sisters and brothers in the Lord,
Abba, Father! We come to the Lord today, asking that He keep us aware of this great mystery of the Trinity. It is this belief that God is Trinity, three in one, that distinguishes the Christian faith from all other beliefs. We believe that God is Father, that Jesus is Son and equal to the Father and is God, and that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and the Son and also God. It is a truly challenging belief and we believe because Jesus taught us to believe.
The first reading today is from the Book of Deuteronomy. This passage tells us of the incredible experience of our ancestors in the faith. God spoke to them! This is what you and I receive from our ancestors in the faith: God speaks to His people! Today not many still believe in such revelation. We believe and because of that belief, we believe in Jesus Christ and in the Spirit. God speaks to us today in His Church and through the Sacraments and in our daily lives through faith.
The second reading is from the Letter to the Romans. We must come to know within ourselves that our faith is a gift of the Spirit, that we can speak of Jesus as our Lord and Savior because of the Spirit within us, that we call God our Father because the Spirit is the pledge of our adoption as children of God, of the Father. These words must become words that speak of the reality that we experience. Today, as we honor Father, Son and Spirit, let us seek to live these mysteries more profoundly in our lives.
Today’s Gospel is from Saint Matthew and gives us the formula of Baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is the wonderful gift of being incorporated into Jesus Christ and into all the mysteries of our faith. Most importantly, it is a proclamation that God is Triune, Three-in-One, that God is in Jesus teaching us about the mysteries of God.
For many of us, we only know this great mystery because we have come to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord. It is He who teaches us. It is He who draws us into this great mystery of God. To Him be glory and honor forever.
Your brother in the Lord,