THE MOST HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY-B
I Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-34.39-40: The mighty work of God for the good of His people. The uniqueness of Israel’s God is the Lord is God indeed…there is no other.” Moses challenges God’s people to reflect on the great mystery of all.
II Reading: Romans 8:14-17: The doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the passage is to discover how the Spirit bonds us to God in a relationship so close that we are in fact God’s children. As children of God, St Paul teaches, we are people intimately involved in the life of the Trinity.
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Jesus made known to us his Father’s love who is the creator of the universe and the Holy Spirit, the sanctifier and the Son, the redeemer who revealed himself fully by his saving acts or deeds, suffering, death, resurrection and ascension into heaven.
What is really the Holy Trinity?
What the Holy Trinity has done to save humankind and continues to do to save each one of us.
It was Jesus who made the Three Divine Persons known to human.
a) Jesus made the Father known to us.
b) Jesus made himself and his love known to all people.
c) Jesus made the Holy Spirit known to us.
Our response to the love of the Three Divine Persons for us.
Moses invites the people of Israel faithfulness to Yahweh.
The Messiah’s Final Commission to His Disciples, Mt 28:16-20
Matthew began his gospel by proclaiming that the baby Jesus was the Son of David, the promised King of Israel (Mt 1:1-2). He now closes his gospel by proclaiming that the Lord Jesus possesses all power and authority in heaven and earth. The Lord Jesus had risen from the dead, and in the power of His resurrection His followers are to go forth proclaiming His glorious Kingdom.
In this great message, Matthew covers the great commission of the resurrected Lord, the King to whom all power and authority belong.
1. The disciples met Jesus in Galilee (v.16-17)
a. They met on a pre-appointed mountain
b. They worshipped Him
c. Some doubted
2. He assured His followers of His power (v.18)
a. Is a given power
b. Is in heaven and earth
3. He commissioned His followers (v.19-20)
a. To make disciples of all nations
b. To baptize
c. To teach all that He had commanded
4. He promised to be with His followers (v.20)
Thought: Society deteriorates and crumbles when it neglects the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ.
Thought: The Lord ascended to the right hand of God, that is, to the position of sovereignty and power (Mk 16:19; Lk 22:69; Acts 1:9-11;2:36;5:31;Eph 1:20; Ph 2:9-11;Rev 5:12). The ascension assures (proves, confirms) that seven things are absolutely certain.
1. The ascension assures that God is, that He is alive and does exist. The fact that Christ was raised up from the dead and taken up into heaven proves that God is. Only God could do such things.
2. The ascension assures that Christ is God’s Son.
3. The ascension assures that heaven is real (Ph 3:20-31).
4. The ascension assures that the gospel is true.
5. The ascension assures that the Great commission is the call and mission of believers.
6. The ascension assures that power is available to carry out the Great Commission (Mt 28:18; Mk 16:20).
7. The ascension assures that we have a very special Helper in heaven, One who really loves and cares for us.