A great Mystery, revealed! And your response?

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Epiphany of the Lord: January 3, 2016
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What do you do with the mystery of the Trinity?

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Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. But what is a mystery? In books of fiction, a mystery is often a puzzle related to a crime that a detective is supposed to solve. But when we speak about the faith, it means something different. From what I have heard, it is something that you say when you want a child to stop asking questions! “No, I don’t know who or why or how! It’s a mystery. Beat it, kid!”

But, of course, that’s not really what a mystery of the faith is. A mystery is something that is initially out of reach of our human reason— (more…)

La Trinidad y tu adopción en Cristo

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Domingo de la Santísima Trinidad, Año B: 3 Junio 2012
Dt 4, 32-34.39-40; Sal 32; Rom 8, 14-17; Mt 28, 16-20

En la primera lectura, Moisés recuerda al Pueblo de Israel de las maravillas que han experimentado. Dios se les ha revelado verdades de sí mismo, desde el fuego. Y ha hecho prodigios en rescatarlos de Egipto. Y, ¿por qué? Porque Dios los ha escogido como su propio pueblo—porque los quiere. Ha dado grandes revelaciones y ha hecho grandes maravillas para formar una relación con ellos sin par.

De una forma similar, pero mucho mayor, es lo que Dios ha hecho en Cristo por nosotros, su Cuerpo, la Iglesia. Durante los seis meses pasados, hemos celebrado los prodigios que hizo para salvarnos: la encarnación y nacimiento de Cristo; el Misterio Pascual de su pasión, muerte, resurrección, y ascensión al cielo; y la misión del Espíritu Santo sobre la Iglesia. Estos son aún mayores que el éxodo de Egipto; y la revelación de sí mismo también es mayor, para establecer una relación mayor. (more…)

“Consubstantial,” “Only Begotten,” the Trinity, and the Mass

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Trinity Sunday, Year B: June 3, 2012
Deut 4:32-34, 39-40; Ps 33; Rom 8:14-17; Matt 28:16-20

Introduction
Over the past six months, we have celebrated the mysteries of our salvation: the Incarnation and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; the Paschal Mystery of his passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven; and, last week, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church at Pentecost. And so, as the Church has done for some 700 years, we now turn to what the Catechism calls “the central mystery of Christian faith and life… the mystery of God in himself… the source of all the other mysteries of faith”—that is, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.

We begin each Mass by entering into that mystery, by entering into “the name”—the being, the power, the reality—”of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” And we will see that truly entering into the Mass has everything to do with the life of the Trinity. (more…)