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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflections for June 11

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

June 11, 2017 —Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

John 3:16-18
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Five year-old Jimmy and his playmates found a dead robin and decided to give it a Christian burial. They found a small box and some cotton batting, and dug a hole. Jimmy was chosen to say the appropriate prayer. His dad arrived just in time to hear Jimmy intone what he thought he’d heard his father say: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, into the hole he goes.”

Jimmy needs to pay attention to today’s Gospel and Mass prayers. So do we! They can help us realize that all creation comes from God, a Trinity of persons. From all eternity the Father knows himself with a knowledge so perfect that it is a person, the Son. The Father and Son love each other with a love so perfect that it is a person, the Holy Spirit. God made us in his image and likeness, so we hunger for community, knowledge, love, and eternal life with God.

Today’s Gospel proclaims that God the Father so loves us that he gave his only Son to bring us eternal life. Today’s Mass, and every Mass, puts us in touch with the Trinity. As Mass begins, we make the Sign of the Cross. As Mass ends, Father, Son, and Spirit bless us. During Mass, we pray to the Father, through Jesus, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. In the Glory to God we praise the three Persons. In the Creed we profess faith in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we receive Jesus in Communion, we receive the Father and Holy Spirit, who are one with him.

We have been baptized as children of God, and we can live each day in the company of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this, Mary is our model. Mary knew she was a child of the Father. Jesus was conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. And Mary shows us that death is not going into a hole. It is rising to new life with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

What is true of the Church is true for us as individuals. We have our successes and failures, our Good Fridays and Easter Sundays. But the Solemnity of the Ascension promises that Jesus will be with us always. If we put our faith in him and follow him courageously, we will experience the fulfillment of another promise of this Solemnity, that Jesus has ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us.

 

 

 
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