Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Gospel Commentary, by Msgr. João Scognamligio Clá Dias, EP.
See also: Prayer to the Blessed Trinity
St. Joan of Arc, by Hermann Anton Stilke – Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Russia)
St. Joan of Arc, virgin (†1431). After having valiantly fought in defence of her country, answering the call of God, she was handed over to her enemies, condemned in an iniquitous trial and burned alive.
St. Joseph Marello, bishop (†1895). Bishop of Acqui, in Piedmont, Italy, founder of the Congregation of the Oblates ofSt. Joseph.
St. Ferdinand III, king (†1252). King of Castile and Leon, he was a wise administrator of his kingdom, promoter of the arts and sciences, and an ardent propagator of the Faith.
St. Luke Kirby, priest and martyr (†1582). After undergoing torture, he was hanged at Tyburn in London, during the reign of Elizabeth I.
St. Mattias Kalemba, martyr (†1886). Known as Mulumba the Strong, in Kampala, Uganda, he abandoned the Muslim religion, was baptized, renounced the office of judge and dedicated himself to spreading the Faith, for which he was tortured and killed by order of the king, Mwanga.
Sts. Basil and Emilia (†349 and 372). Married couple of outstanding virtue who taught the way of perfection to their ten children, four of whom are honoured as saints: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Macrina and St. Peter of Sebaste.
Blessed William Scott, priest and martyr (†1612). Born into an Anglican family, he converted to Catholicism and became a Benedictine. He was martyred during the reign of James I of England for exercising his priestly ministry.
First Reading – Dt 4:32-34, 39-40
Moses said to the people: “Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for Himself from the midst of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the LORD, your God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 (R.12b)
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. R.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
For He spoke, and it was made;
He commanded, and it stood forth. R.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear Him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine. R.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in You. R.
Second Reading – Rom 8:14-17
Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Gospel – Mt 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw Him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”