Throughout the year, our parish receives requests from people who feel drawn to the Catholic faith. Some of these people have never been baptized in any faith.
May 27, 2018
Trinity Sunday (year B)
Readings: Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40
Romans 8: 14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20
Throughout the year, our parish receives requests from people who feel drawn to the Catholic faith. Some of these people have never been baptized in any faith. Others were baptized. Now, when baptized people decide to take the step of investigating Catholicism to become members of our faith, we ask them to obtain a copy of their baptismal certificate. We do this for two reasons. The first reason is to be sure that they have been baptized. What can happen, sometimes, is that people grew up in a family that did not go to church often. Their parents may have told them that they had been baptized, but when they had to get a certificate, their parents then realized that an older brother or sister had been baptized, but not that particular child.
the child was not. The second reason we need to see a copy of the Christian baptismal record is to be sure that he or she has been baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, the name of the Trinity. Jesus was quite clear in today’s Gospel and throughout Scripture that we are to baptize others in the Name of the Trinity, not just in His Name. Why? When a person is baptized in the Name of the Trinity, that person is brought into the intimate Life of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Today we celebrate the intimate life of God. We celebrate the mystery of the infinite community of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and the eternal unity of God. Today we are celebrating the gift we received at our baptism. Through baptism we have been introduced into the intimate life of God, the community of the Holy Trinity. The life of God flowed into us at our baptism. This life was not ours to hoard. God gave us the mandate to be his instruments on earth. He called us to bring others to accept intimacy in Divine Community: “Baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. “
Jesus commands all his disciples, including us, to give Trinity Life to all who will accept his Good News, his Gospel. “Baptize in the name of the Trinity. Extend your relationship with God to others. To do this, we must teach others everything that Jesus taught us. We must continue the work of Jesus.
Let’s get on the hill in today’s Gospel. We are there, bathed in the love and joy of our Risen Savior. And then Jesus said to each of us: “I am going now, but you are taking my place.
“What?” we ask. “How can I take your place? What should I tell people? ”
“Just teach people everything I have taught you. It will work very well, ”Jesus replies.
“But, Lord,” we protest. “How can we do this? How can we be you to others?
“Just do as I told you,” Jesus said, “and know something, you won’t do it alone. I am always with you until the end of time.
And so we became part of a great force, a great army. We join with God, the infinite goodness, in the war against evil. We are fighting for the victory of good. Our goal is nothing less than the complete transformation of the world from a place of selfishness and hatred into a haven of generosity and love. We are called to face evil with good, kindness and generosity. It is not enough for us to make the world a better place. We must make the world the place of God.
How are we going to do this? Now, we just ask God to be present in our lives, and God does the rest. In today’s Gospel, Jesus leaves neither the disciples nor us alone. No, he tells us that he will always be with us.
Our lives are immersed in the battle for the Kingdom of God. We get involved in one of these skirmishes whenever we make a decision that puts God first. But war is not easy. The enemy is sneaky. We need strength to fight for God, to win for Him.
Often times when we make a decision for the Lord, we are excluded from the society that rejected him, or at least, put his presence on hold until a more convenient time. For example, we decide not to get drunk, not to take drugs, not to have immoral sex. Then we are treated by people we love or at least want to be friends with as if we are religious fanatics. We pray regularly, every day and in community on Sundays, and we are treated as religious fanatics. There are times when it seems like everyone is against us. But not everyone is against us. Jesus is with us. He and each of us are the majority.
“Look at the life I have given you,” the Lord says today. “This is my life, the Divine Life of the Trinity. Give this Life to others. Proclaim my Gospel with your lives. And know that I will be with you through every situation, every choice, every rejection, every success.
The Kingdom of God is flourishing all over the world. We are the Kingdom. –By Bishop Joseph A Pellegrino