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May 30: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Matthew 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshipped, 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.”

Reflection

I thought about Jesus’ disciples in today’s reading and wondered what they thought and felt on this monumental day. Knowing Jesus was about to leave them, did they comprehend what was being said? Were they afraid and bewildered at the new command to “go and make disciples of all nations …?” Jesus knew their thoughts for the Gospel goes on to say that Jesus spoke tenderly to them, giving them guidance for continuing their walk with God after his departure, reassuring them he would be with them.

Michael Moore, OMI, said that “The Trinity is a mystery. It is something we cannot understand and figure out with our minds but experience only with our hearts.” Were the disciples so filled with the Spirit and love for Jesus and the mission ahead, that they experienced the mystery of Trinity within their hearts? I like to think so.

Action

Take some time and be present to the indwelling mystery within your heart.

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Connie Schnapf

Providence Associate Connie Schnapf is a wife, mother and grandmother. She worked for nearly 30 years as a parish director of religious education. She currently works part time at WNIN Public Radio and TV as their receptionist and continues to offer spiritual direction to others. Connie and her husband live in Newburgh, Indiana.

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3 Comments

  1. Barbara Bluntzer SP on May 27, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Connie, I always enjoy your thoughtful reflection and your questions that spur us on to do “our work” on these various subjects. Truly, Resurrection, Pentecost and the Mystery of the Trinity can be overwhelming to consider…but your gentle questions encourage us to come up with our own thoughts. Thank you.

    • Margaret Vaal on May 28, 2021 at 7:50 am

      Thank you, Connie.

  2. Susan Paweski, SP on May 28, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Connie, thank you for a succinct and powerful reflection. The Trinitarian relationship speaks of love and compassion. We are all called to this relationship.

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