Liturgy of the Sunday

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Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
The Orthodox Churches celebrate Pentecost


First Reading

Proverbs 8,22-31

'Yahweh created me, first-fruits of his fashioning, before the oldest of his works. From everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning, before the earth came into being. The deep was not, when I was born, nor were the springs with their abounding waters. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth; before he had made the earth, the countryside, and the first elements of the world. When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there, when he drew a circle on the surface of the deep, when he thickened the clouds above, when the sources of the deep began to swell, when he assigned the sea its boundaries -- and the waters will not encroach on the shore -- when he traced the foundations of the earth, I was beside the master craftsman, delighting him day after day, ever at play in his presence, at play everywhere on his earth, delighting to be with the children of men.

Psalmody

Psalm 8

Antiphon

How great is your name, O Lord, in all the earth.

How great is your name, O Lord our God,
through all the earth!
Your majesty is praised above the heavens;

On the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy,
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
The moon and the stars which you arranged,

what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him less than a god;
with glory and honour you crowned him,

give him power over the works of your hand,
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle,
yes, even the savage beasts,

birds of the air, and fish
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God,
through all the earth!

Second Reading

Romans 5,1-5

So then, now that we have been justified by faith, we are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; it is through him, by faith, that we have been admitted into God's favour in which we are living, and look forward exultantly to God's glory. Not only that; let us exult, too, in our hardships, understanding that hardship develops perseverance, and perseverance develops a tested character, something that gives us hope, and a hope which will not let us down, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

Reading of the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 16,12-15

I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now. However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Homily

The Gospel of John (16:12-15) that we have heard reports some of the words that Jesus addressed to the disciples during the last supper. How many things he had to say to them, before leaving them! Certainly he did not have much time left to communicate them to the disciples. But above all the disciples were not able to fully understand what he wanted to say to them. However, he reassured them with these words: "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come." The Spirit will pull the disciples to the heart of God, the world of God, the life of God, which is a life of communion of love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The God of Jesus (and we must ask ourselves if so many Christians believe precisely in this God!) is not a monad, it is not a single entity, perhaps powerful and majestic. The God of Jesus is a "family" of three persons; and, one could say, that their unity springs from the love that unites them. We could say: they love each other so much that they are one. This incredible "family" has entered the history of men and women to call everyone to be part of it. Yes! All are called to be part of this singular "family of God." At the origin and at the end of history there is this communion of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The trinitarian horizon envelops all of us, no one excluded. This is why we say that "love" is the very name of God and is the profound truth of creation itself. This "trinitarian" horizon is undoubtedly the most burning challenge today launched to the Church, indeed to all the Christian Churches; indeed, to all religions, to all people. It is the challenge to live in love between everyone, between men and women, among all the peoples of the earth. Knowing that where there is love, there is God.