DAILY MASS READINGS (June 20, 2019)

THURSDAY OF THE 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

Reading 1 (2 CORINTHIANS 11:1-11)

A reading from the 2nd Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me!
Please put up with me.
For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God,
since I betrothed you to one husband
to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning,
your thoughts may be corrupted
from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ.
For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached,
or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received
or a different gospel from the one you accepted,
you put up with it well enough.
For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “superapostles.”
Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge;
in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted,
because I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge?
I plundered other churches by accepting from them
in order to minister to you.
And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone,
for the brothers who came from Macedonia
supplied my needs.
So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
By the truth of Christ in me,
this boast of mine shall not be silenced
in the regions of Achaia.
And why?  Because I do not love you?
God knows I do!

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 111:1B-2, 3-4, 7-8)

R.(7a) Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity. 
R. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (ROMANS 8:15BC)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 6:7-15)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

‘Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.’

“If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (2 Corinthians 11:1-11),

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THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

Some trivias about the Dogma of the Holy Trinity

1.) QUESTION: What is the Dogma of the Most Holy Trinity?
ANSWER: The Dogma of the Most Holy Trinity says: “God is One Divine Nature in Three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” So the Father creates, the Son redeems, and the Holy Spirit santifies. We believe that there is only one God, but he is not alone. Rather he is in the form of Three Divine Persons, carrying out the message of salvation. This Dogma was defined by the Church father Theophilus of Antioch in 170 A.D., while the words “person” and “nature” were first used by the Church father Tertullian (160-225 A.D.).

2.) QUESTION: What are the Biblical proofs of the Trinity?
ANSWER:
In Genesis 18:1-20, we read how three Angels appeared to Abraham by the Oak of Mamre. These three Angels prefigured the Trinity, of which our Lord Jesus Christ institued the Sacrament of Baptism in his missionary mandate, which can be read on Matthew 28:19-20. The divinity of the Three Persons can be proved by these ways:
a.) The divinity of the Father
There is no doubt that the Father is God because it was Jesus who said: “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name” (Luke 11:2). God created the world, and provided its creatures with their resources.
b.) The divinity of the Son 
Arianism defines that Christ is not God, but only a Man. However the Scriptures prove that Jesus is divine. In the Prologue of Saint John (John 1:1-18), we see how God predestined the Word to be eternal and true, and it became flesh. During his Second Appearance to his Apostles (John 20:24-29), Saint Thomas professed his faith, replacing his doubt of the Resurrection. He said to the Master: “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). In the account of the Kenosis (Philippians 2:6-11), Saint Paul tells us that Christ was God, but he chose to become man and offer his life for our salvation. Because of his obedience until his Paschal Mystery, he was exalted by the Father, and that all of us should worship him. 
c.) The divinity of the Holy Spirit
Macedonianism defines that the Holy Spirit is not God, but only a created being. However his divinity can be proven by the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (John 14:26). At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was revealed as God, stating: “And they were filled wit the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” (Acts 2:4).

3.) QUESTION: How should we accept the Dogma of the Most Holy Trinity?
ANSWER:
This Dogma cannot be demonstrated, but rather it can be accepted by faith. That is why the Most Holy Trinity is a Mystery, meaning we cannot find enough historical evidence, but it can explained through human understanding. Although we cannot find Trinity in the Bible, there are different Scriptural accounts that can prove the nature of this Dogma. It doesn’t mean that there are three Gods, but rather there is only one God, but Three Divine Persons, carrying out the plan of salvation by Creation (Father), Redemption (Son), and Santification (Holy Spirit).

4.) QUESTION: What are the prayers and devotions dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity?
ANSWER:
There are many prayers and devotions in honor of the Most Holy Trinity. The most common of them all is the Sign of the Cross, which is done at the beginning and ending of all prayers. Other prayers and devotions are the Glory Be, the Creed, the Prayer to the Blessed Trinity by the Angel of Fatima, etc. Most of all, we can live and manifest these things by proclaiming the message of salvation to others.

DAILY MASS READINGS (June 19, 2019)

WEDNESDAY OF THE 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

Reading 1 (2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-11)

A reading from the 2nd Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters, consider this:
whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 112:1BC-2, 3-4, 9)

R.(1b) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:23)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-18)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The Gospel for today is the same Gospel read every time we start our Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday. The Season of Lent invites us to renewal and self-denial in preparation for the commemoration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ on Holy Week and Easter Time through three forms of penance: (1) Fasting, (2) Prayer, and (3) Almsgiving. Now that the paschal celebrations have ended last June 4, 2017 (Pentecost Sunday), we are now challenged to live the practices in the ordinary times and seasons. Jesus mentioned in the passage about these three acts, which are also the three pillars of Judaism, but what he noticed is how the Jewish leaders observe them, making themselves more worthy in God’s eyes than their fellow citizens. That is why he gives this warning not to follow them, but rather to do these acts in private, as if only God knows. Privacy does not refer to hidden hands, but to the heart, since it is an organ located inside our human bodies. The Lord knows our motives in doing righteous deeds, but once we do them to win the praise of others, we are like declaring ourselves more deserving than others. No wonder Saint Paul said: “We know a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:16). What the Apostle means by ‘works of the law’ is the traditions, rituals, and prayers of his former religion, Judaism. Likewise in our religion, Christianity, it is not enough to say that we go to church on Sundays, pray the novenas, join processions, etc., if we don’t manifest these devotions of our faith in our everyday lives. What is worse is hypocrisy, wherein we do observe these things, but we do evil things to others. The Apostle Saint John the Beloved continues reminding us: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). So as we journey down this road, may we observe these practices of our faith with a humble and sincere heart.

DAILY MASS READINGS (June 18, 2019)

TUESDAY OF THE 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

Reading 1 (2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-9)

A reading from the 2nd Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God
that has been given to the churches of Macedonia,
for in a severe test of affliction,
the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty
overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
For according to their means, I can testify,
and beyond their means, spontaneously,
they begged us insistently for the favor of taking part
in the service to the holy ones,
and this, not as we expected,
but they gave themselves first to the Lord
and to us through the will of God,
so that we urged Titus that, as he had already begun,
he should also complete for you this gracious act also.
Now as you excel in every respect,
in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness,
and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

I say this not by way of command,
but to test the genuineness of your love
by your concern for others.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that for your sake he became poor although he was rich,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 146:2, 5-6AB, 6C- 7, 8-9A)

R.(1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, my soul!
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free. 
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers. 
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (JOHN 13:34)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 5:43-48)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (2 Corinthians 8:1-9), St. Paul urges the Corinthians to follow the act of St. Titus and the Macedonians who have endured with faith their trials in life, in becoming fervent and discerning of God’s will. Their devotion should be expressed in service and holy example towards their relationship with others. This is also a call for us to follow in the humble footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ, who though rich in divinity became poor and humble in humanity, so that we may become rich in faith. In the Gospel (Matthew 5:43-48), Jesus makes a new interpretation of Leviticus 19:18, which states: “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” This last Christian interpretation in the Sermon of the Mount summarizes the interpretations of the Lord from verse 20 with our relationship with one another. The Evangelist and Apostle Saint Matthew pictures the Lord Jesus as the fulfillment of all psalms and prophecies. This statement is one of the sayings of Jesus that can be hard to accept. Why should we love our enemies even if they did many bad things against us? Why should we pray for them if they continue to live like that? We are called Christians because of our love for one another. If we love those who are closed to us and those who do good deeds, then we should also love those who have hurt. We should pray for them that they may turn away from their evil deeds. Remember when Christ as he hang upon the Cross prayed: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34a). Even the first martyr Saint Stephen prayed the same words as he was being stoned to death: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60a). No wonder Christ died for our salvation from sin’s power, and the Saints especially the Martyrs consecrated and offered their lives for the faith in order that they may save the Church from falling into sin. This shows the great love of God for us, even though we have lost his grace because of our sins. Now it is turn to love and forgive others, especially our enemies, and to pray for their conversion. But what if they do the same things over and over again? What if they won’t stop? It is the Lord who will take care of them at their judgements, yet we continue to hope that they may change for the better. So as we journey down this road, let us manifest the Christian love to one another, especially those who have done many wrong things. And may we all strive to live in holiness and faithfulness as God’s children, just as Christ has told us: “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).Reflection: In the First Reading (2 Corinthians 8:1-9), St. Paul urges the Corinthians to follow the act of St. Titus and the Macedonians who have endured with faith their trials in life, in becoming fervent and discerning of God’s will. Their devotion should be expressed in service and holy example towards their relationship with others. This is also a call for us to follow in the humble footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ, who though rich in divinity became poor and humble in humanity, so that we may become rich in faith.

DAILY MASS READINGS (June 17, 2019)

MONDAY OF THE 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

Reading 1 (2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-10)

A reading from the 2nd Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
As your fellow workers, we appeal to you
not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.
We cause no one to stumble in anything,
in order that no fault may be found with our ministry;
on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves
as ministers of God, through much endurance,
in afflictions, hardships, constraints,
beatings, imprisonments, riots,
labors, vigils, fasts;
by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,
in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,
in the power of God;
with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left;
through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.
We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful;
as unrecognized and yet acknowledged;
as dying and behold we live;
as chastised and yet not put to death;
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing;
as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 98:1, 2B, 3AB, 3CD-4)

R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him, 
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
In the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel. 
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia (PSALM 119:105)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 5:38-42)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (2 Corinthians 6:1-10), St. Paul urges us to welcome God’s time as acceptable in our lives. In all that we experience, whether success or failure, comfort our anguish, we are called to remain faithful to his will. This is what we hold on to in faith as we await the fullness of our salvation in attaining eternal life in the heavenly Kingdom. In the Gospel (Matthew 5:38-42), Jesus makes a new interpretation of Leviticus 19 and the Code of Hammurabi, which says “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” This means if someone has done something grave against you, then you are to pull his/her teeth and eyes. The suffering here is that the person will be blind and toothless. Instead, Jesus teaches the right way of life not through vengeance and violence, but through mercy and kindness. Some of his words should not be taken literally. When he said to slap the left cheek of the one who slapped you on the right, it means that we have to fraternally correct the sin committed by the person. And when he said to carry the pack of a Roman soldier an extra mile, it means that we must give a helping hand to those in need because time and distance don’t limit, but it is the heart of serving that matters. Overall, he is telling us that revenge is not a good way to fight against the evil act of someone done against us. But why is he telling us to do these good things despite the many sins they caused? It is so that they may learn to do good and not evil, and that they may learn from our example. So as we journey down this road, may we not retaliate on people who did terrible things against us, but rather teach them the right way through words and actions. Even if they are evil, let us inspire them to live in faithfulness to the Lord, so that they may have a change of heart and do the kind things we do to others.Reflection: In the First Reading (2 Corinthians 6:1-10), St. Paul urges us to welcome God’s time as acceptable in our lives. In all that we experience, whether success or failure, comfort our anguish, we are called to remain faithful to his will. This is what we hold on to in faith as we await the fullness of our salvation in attaining eternal life in the heavenly Kingdom.

MGA PAGBASANG PANG-ARAW-ARAW (Hunyo 16, 2019)

DAKILANG KAPISTAHAN NG BANAL NA SANTATLO (TAON K, Puti)

UNANG PAGBASA (Kawikaan 8, 22-31)

Pagbasa mula sa aklat ng Mga Kawikaan

Ito ang sinabi ng Karunungan ng Diyos:
“Sa lahat ng nilikha ng Poon, ako ang siyang una,
noong una pang panahon ako ay nilikha na.
Matagal nang panahon nang anyuan niya ako,
bago pa nilikha at naanyo itong mundo.
Wala pa ang mga dagat nang ako’y lumitaw,
wala pa ang mga bukal ng tubig na malilinaw.
Wala pa ang mga burol, ganoon din ang mga bundok,
nang ako ay isilang dito sa sansinukob.
Ako muna ang nilikha bago ang lupa at bukid,
nauna pa sa alabok, at sa lupang daigdig.
Nang likhain ang mga langit, ako ay naroon na,
maging nang ang hangganan ng langit at lupa’y italaga.
Naroon na rin ako nang ang ulap ay ilagay,
at nang kanyang palitawin ang bukal sa kalaliman.
Nang ilagay niya ang hangganan nitong dagat,
nang patibayin nitong mundo ay ilagay at itatag,
ako’y lagi niyang kasama at katulong sa gawain,
ako ay ligaya niya at sa akin siya’y aliw.
Ako ay nagdiwang nang daigdig ay matapos,
dahil sa sangkatauhan, ligaya ko ay nalubos.”

– Ang Salita ng Diyos.

SALMONG TUGUNAN (Salmo 8, 4-5. 6-7. 8-9)

Tugon: Maningning ang iyong ngalan, Poon, sa sangkalupaan.

Ang likha mong langit, kung aking pagmasdan,
pati mga tala, bituin at buwan;
ano nga ang tao upang ‘yong alalahanin?
Ay ano nga siya na sukat mong kalingain?

Tugon: Maningning ang iyong ngalan, Poon, sa sangkalupaan.

Nilikha mo siya, na halos kapantay
ng iyong luningning at kadakilaan!
Pinamahala mo sa buong daigdig,
sa lahat ng bagay malaki’t maliit.

Tugon: Maningning ang iyong ngalan, Poon, sa sangkalupaan.

Mga baka’t tupa, hayop na mabangis
at lahat ng ibong nasa himpapawid,
at maging sa isda, sa ‘lalim ng tubig.

Tugon: Maningning ang iyong ngalan, Poon, sa sangkalupaan.

IKALAWANG PAGBASA (Roma 5, 1-5)

Pagbasa mula sa sulat ni Apostol San Pablo sa mga taga-Roma

Mga kapatid:
Yamang napawalang-sala na tayo dahil sa pananalig sa ating Panginoong Hesukristo, sa pamamagitan niya’y mayroon na tayong kapanatagan sa harapan ng Diyos. Sa pamamagitan nga niya’y tinatamasa natin ang kagandahang-loob ng Diyos, at lubos tayong nagagalak sa ating pag-asa na makakasama sa kanyang kaluwalhatian. Bukod dito, nagagalak tayo sa ating mga pagbabata sapagkat alam nating ito’y nagbubunga ng pagtitiyaga. At ang pagtitiyaga ay nagbubunga ng katatagan, at ang katatagan ay nagbubunga ng pag-asa, sapagkat ang pag-ibig ng Diyos ay ibinuhos sa ating mga puso sa pamamagitan ng Espiritu Santo na ipinagkaloob na sa atin.

– Ang Salita ng Diyos.

ALELUYA (Pahayag 1, 8)

Aleluya! Aleluya!
Dakila ang Amang mahal,
Anak, Espiritung Banal,
noon, ngayon, kailan pa man.
Aleluya! Aleluya!

MABUTING BALITA (Juan 16, 12-15)

Ang Mabuting Balita ng Panginoon ayon kay San Juan

Noong panahong iyon, sinabi ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad: “Marami pa akong sasabihin sa inyo, ngunit hindi pa ninyo kayang unawain ngayon. Pagdating ng Espiritu ng katotohanan, tutulungan niya kayo upang maunawaan ninyo ang buong katotohanan. Sapagkat magsasalita siya hindi sa ganang kanyang sarili; sasabihin niya sa inyo ang kanyang narinig, at ipapahayag ang mga bagay na darating. Pararangalan niya ako sapagkat sa aking magmumula ang ipapahayag niya sa inyo. Ang lahat ng sa Ama ay akin; kaya ko sinabing sa akin magmumula ang ipapahayag niya sa inyo.”

– Ang Mabuting Balita ng Panginoon.

Pagninilay: Ipinagdiriwang natin ngayon ang Dakilang Kapistahan ng Banal na Santatlo, o mas kilala bilang “Santissima Trinidad” at “Tatlong Persona sa Isang Diyos”. Maraming mga ibang sekta ang palaging nagsasabi sa atin, “O kayong mga Katoliko, wala naman sa Bibliya ang salitang ‘Trinity’ eh. Ni hindi man itinuro ito ni Hesus at ng mga Apostol.” “Kung turo ninyo ‘Tatlong Persona sa Isang Diyos’, eh parang sinasabi ninyo na may tatlong diyos.” Mga kapatid, ang doktrina ng Santissima Trinidad ay tinatawag na “misteryo,” na sa Griyego ay nangunguhulugang “pagtitikom ng bibig”. Ito’y sapagkat hindi maipapakita nang pisikal na paraan ang paliwanag tungkol dito o kaya magsasalita upang ihanap ang mga ebidensiya. Ang doktrinang ito ay tinanggap natin ng buong pananampalataya dahil na rin sa pag-aaral ng ating mga ninuno ng ating Simbahan sa Banal na Kasulatan. Sa katunayan, pinaniniwalaan natin na iisa lamang ang Diyos na ating sinasamba, ngunit ang Diyos na ito ay nagpakita at nakilala sa anyo ng Tatlong Persona: ang Diyos Ama, ang Diyos Anak, at ang Diyos Espiritu Santo. Kaya ang ekwasyon ng Trinity ay “1+1+1=1”, hindi “1+1+1=3”. Pero pa’nong nangyari iyon na tatlong Persona, pero iisa lang ang Diyos? Kaya itinuturo ng ating mga Pagbasa ngayon ang pinakabuod ng doktrinang ito ay “pag-ibig”.
Narinig natin sa Unang Pagbasa ang kagandahan ng Karunungan ng Diyos. Siya ang pinagmulan sa mga sangnilikha. Ito ay nagmula kasama ang Diyos bago pa man ilikha ang sandaigdigan. At ipinahayag nga sa simula ng Ebanghelyo ni San Juan na ang Karunungan ay ang Salita ng Diyos, at ang Salitang ito ay nagkatawang-tao upang makapamuhay sa atin. Kaya ang Salita ng Diyos ay walang iba kundi ang Anak ng Diyos Ama na si Hesukristo. Si Hesus ay isinugo upang bigyang halaga ang buhay na ipinagkaloob ng Ama sa bawat isa. Kahit tayo ay nagkasala ay minamahal pa rin tayo ng iisang Diyos na lumikha, at ito rin ang Diyos na nagligtas sa atin mula sa ating mga kasalanan. Narinig natin sa Ebanghelyo bago umalis si Hesus pabalik sa Amang nasa langit, ipinangako niya na isusugo niya ang Espiritu Santo na magiging Tagapagtanggol at gabay nila upang malaman ang dakilang kalooban ng Diyos. At narinig natin mula kay San Pablo sa Ikalawang Pagbasa na binigyan tayo ng Panginoon ng pagpapala mula tayo’y likhain at tubusin, at patuloy tayong pinapabanal. Ang lahat ng mga bagay na ito ay kaloob ng iisang Diyos na nasa anyo ng Tatlong Persona. Ito ang kwento ng kaligtasan na nakasentro sa pag-ibig.
Mga kapatid, ang buhay-Kristiyano ay nakasentro sa Banal na Santatlo. Iisa lang ang Diyos, ngunit ang Diyos ay nagpakita sa atin sa anyo ng tatlong Persona bilang Tagapaglikha (Ama), Tapagligtas (Anak), at Tagapagbanal (Espiritu Santo). Ito’y hindi dahil sa imbetong aral lang ng ating Simbahan, kundi ang pinakabuod ng doktrinang ito at ang Banal na Kasulatan ay pag-ibig. Ipinapaalala sa atin ni San Pablo sa Ikalawang Pagbasa ang tamang kilos bilang mga Kristyano, at iyan ay ang pagkakaisa, pamumuhay nang mapayapa, at pagbabati nang may buong galang at pagmamahal dahil sabi nga sa bawat Pagbati ng Pari sa simula ng Misa: “Ang pagpapala ng ating Panginoong Hesukristo, ang pag-ibig ng Diyos Ama, at ang pakikipagkaisa ng Espiritu Santo’y nawa’y sumainyong lahat” (bersikulong 13). At tuwing ginagawa natin ang Tanda ng Krus, inaala natin ang pag-ibig at biyayang ipinakita ng Diyos na lumalang, nagligtas, at patuloy na nagpapabanal sa atin. Kaya dapat tayo’y mamuhay nang kalugud-lugod sa kanyang paningin sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng mabuti sa ating mga kapwa, pagkakaisa para sa katotohanan, katarungan at karunungang kanyang hatid, at pagsusunod sa dakilang kalooban ng Diyos.

DAILY MASS READINGS (June 16, 2019)

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (CYCLE C, White)

Reading 1 (PROVERBS 8:22-31)

A reading from the Book of Proverbs

Thus says the wisdom of God:
“The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways,
the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;
from of old I was poured forth,
at the first, before the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no fountains or springs of water;
before the mountains were settled into place,
before the hills, I was brought forth;
while as yet the earth and fields were not made,
nor the first clods of the world.

“When the Lord established the heavens I was there,
when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep;
when he made firm the skies above,
when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;
when he set for the sea its limit,
so that the waters should not transgress his command;
then was I beside him as his craftsman,
and I was his delight day by day,
playing before him all the while,
playing on the surface of his earth;
and I found delight in the human race.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9)

R. (2a)    O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place —
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet:
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Reading 2 (ROMANS 5:1-5)

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,
knowing that affliction produces endurance,
and endurance, proven character,
and proven character, hope,
and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

– The word of the Lord.

Alleluia (CF. REVELATION 1:8)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (JOHN 16:12-15)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: Today’s Solemnity celebrates the central mystery of our faith. As Catholics and Christians, we believe that there is one God, but he is not solitary. Rather, he is in three divine persons. Some skeptics would ask: “That’s impossible! How can three people become one element?” And other denominations would ask: “So where is Trinity in the Bible? Isn’t this doctrine dangerously defining that there are three gods?” The Readings will answer then the questions to this great mystery of the Church.
In the First Reading (Proverbs 8:22-31), before the Creation of the world, there was already God the Father and the Divine Wisdom. Who is this Divine Wisdom? The Prologue of Saint John’s Gospel states that this Wisdom is the Word that was in the beginning, and the Word became flesh and lived among us. So it is clear that the Divine Wisdom is Jesus Christ himself. The Old Testament serves as a preparation, so that when the fullness of time came, God sends his Son into the world to redeem it from sin. Jesus became man, yet his divinity remained. In the Gospel (John 16:12-15), he tells his disciples that he will depart from them, but they will not be left alone. Instead, he will send them the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to guide and help them understand all the things he taught. The Spirit did not only come at Pentecost. In fact, when God created man, he breathed into the nostrils with the ruach, the breath of life, which symbolizes the Spirit himself. When the Archangel Saint Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary about the Birth of Jesus, she would conceive the Son of God not on her own, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. So the Spirit is not only a mystical being, but also a person, and he as well is divine. Therefore, the concept of the Blessed Trinity does not teach that there are three gods, but one God in three Persons and three Persons in one God. The Father is the Creator, the Son is the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier.
My dear brothers and sisters, though it is hard to understand this dogma, this is where what we call mystery enters. A mystery is something not only hard to find logical explanation, but it is also something that cannot be rationally demonstrated. The only way to understand it is by faith. Many Popes and Church fathers have defended the doctrine of the Trinity against attacks of heretics because they read and understood the Sacred Scriptures. And in fact in the Second Reading (Romans 5:1-5), Saint Paul describes the Trinity in the role of salvation and faith. God who created and loved the world sent his Son to redeem it from sin. Jesus taught us to love one another just as how the Father loves him and he loves us. Because the love of the Father and the Son are so great, the Holy Spirit sanctified us with this love, in order that we may be united with one another as Christians. So the Trinity shows the never-ending love of God, who wants us to inherit eternal life. And as we journey down this road, may we understand with faith this central mystery of our faith by manifesting the virtue of love.