Discussion Questions

First Reading
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40

F1. Moses heard the voice of God from a burning bush. Where do you hear the voice of God? In friends … the poor … newspapers … Pope Francis … nature … novels … music? In your heart? 

F2. Moses couldn’t imagine anything comparable to the love God had shown his people. What, in God’s plan of salvation, was Moses not aware of? In this Hebrew scripture reading, where do you see manifestations of God as Father (creator)? God as Son (savior)? God as Holy Spirit (sheer love)?

Second Reading
Romans 8: 14-17

S1.  The Spirit—besides revealing God’s being to us as endless and continually new—“bears witness with our spirit.” How do you think your prayers of thanksgiving, petition, and worship are changed when the Spirit bears witness with them?

S2. We are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” What do we inherit with and in Christ? Which treasures do you want the most? Which do you need the most?

Gospel
Matthew 28:16-20

G1. What do you think Pope Francis means when he says that God is the origin and the aim (goal) of the whole universe? What is the Holy Spirit’s job according to the Pope?
The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity … leads us to contemplate and worship the divine life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit: a life of communion and perfect love, the origin and aim of the whole universe and every creature: God. 

The Holy Spirit, gift of the risen Jesus communicates the divine life to us and thus he draws us into the dynamism of the Trinity, which is a dynamism of love, communion, mutual service, sharing.

Remarks before recitation of the Angelus
Feast of the Holy Trinity, June 16, 2014  

G2. The Holy Spirit was put in our hearts that  “we might understand the things freely given by God” (1 Cor. 2:12). Is the Trinity one of those things? But how can this be since the Trinity is a mystery?


Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson