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Sunday Reflection for May 26, 2013 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Proverbs 8:22-31 God and Wisdom play in the creation-event like a loving parent and an endearing child.
Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 God is great. We are small. Yet God cares for us nonetheless.
Romans 5:1-5 Our peace rests on this: Jesus breaks the chain of death fastened on our race since Adam.
John 16:12-15 Jesus speaks of his Father and the Spirit in an early summation of later church doctrine.
It’s a weekend for remembering. Some will visit cemeteries to honor their loved ones or those who have given their lives in service to country. On this Trinity Sunday, though, all of us might seek to recapture the memory of the early church struggling its way to clarity about the Jesus event. The whole world, after all, didn’t fall in behind the disciples on Easter Sunday night, convinced that Jesus is the divine Son. Nor did the human race capitulate to the hope of an indwelling Spirit on Pentecost morning. The Jewish community didn’t buy the Christian message wholesale and welcome it into their synagogues, . . .
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, May 19, 2013
Preaching the News
» What’s on tap at the Justice Department?– “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit . . . will . . . remind you of all that I told you,” the risen Lord promises his huddled disciples in the Pentecost Day reading option from chapter 14 of the Gospel of John. The U.S. Justice Department has other methods for learning things told by one person to another . . .
» Unique papal "conclave"– The disciples “were all in one place together” when the Holy Spirit made a special visit at Pentecost, we read in this Sunday’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The Spirit had a busy day at the Vatican last Friday when a total of three popes were in one place. Coptic Pope Tawadros II and Catholic Pope Francis . . .
» Unorthodox protest gains legal protection in Israel– The Holy Spirit “bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs,” says the second reading option from the Letter to the Romans for Pentecost Day. The Women of the Wall see things that way, and the organization of Jewish women has for 25 years sought . . .
» Latest global warming figures are breathtaking– The psalmist is clear this Sunday that God renews the face of the earth and gives us the breath of life without which we would perish. Recent signs of the damage of global warning suggest humanity has forgotten this ancient wisdom. The level of the most important heat-trapping gas . . .
Quote of the Week
“We learn poverty from the humble, the poor, the sick . . . . We have no use for theoretical poverty.”
—Pope Francis, addressing a gathering of superiors general of orders of nuns from around the world, urging clergy to work with those on the margins of society and shun the "idols of materialism." Source: Reuters
Fact of the Week
At least 14 former U.S. presidential candidates still have more than $100,000 dollars in campaign debt. Newt Gingrich leads the list with $4.6 million. President Barack Obama still owes $3.1 million.
Source: USA Today
For Latino Catholics, it’s all in the family
In social psychology a “master frame” a way of organizing and seeing the world, typically though mental images or narratives. This concept helps to explain what makes Latino . . . Read more...