In the first reading, we are reminded that the Lord is God indeed; there is only Him alone and no other. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, and the true Lord amongst all other false gods. “Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other.” Through various miracles, he has shown his love for us, and that we are his chosen people. To enjoy the graces bestowed upon us by God, the reading tells us to “keep his laws and commandments”.
The psalm continues this message and proclaims “happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own”. The Lord is almighty and full of love, and as His chosen people we are called to follow his laws and commands in our daily lives.
The second reading tells us that everyone moved by the Spirit is called to enter into the greatness of His kingdom. The spirit empowers us, and does not make us timid but gives us power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). With the power of the spirit, we are called to “share his sufferings so as to share his glory”. Led by the spirit, we have to live our lives in Jesus’ footsteps. When we strive to do so, we deepen our relationship with God and build one akin to the intimate relationship between The Holy Trinity.
The Gospel reading tells us that we are called to go out and proclaim Jesus’ name to make disciples of all the nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. By the grace of baptism, we share in the life of the Holy Trinity, on earth and after death in eternal light. Empowered, we are called to be ambassadors to spread His word and share the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
The overarching message from today’s readings is about our fundamental belief that there is one God who exists in three distinct persons. We do not worship three different Gods, but the Holy Trinity which exists in perfect harmony. Inseparable in what they are, the divine persons are also inseparable in what they do. The Holy Trinity is a perfect model for unity that we should emulate, and it teaches us that we too can live and work together as one family of God. The Trinity is also a relationship of love that we are invited to be a part of. Created in God’s image and blessed with the Holy Spirit, we should strive to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and spread the message of love and unity.
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