Commentary for Trinity Sunday – Year B

Homily ideas:

1. 3 guests going to stay at your place. What would you do? Reality is that we — who are in a state of grace — have 3 divine guests living in our souls. How good of houseguests are we?

First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32–34, 39–40
Psalm: Psalm 33:4–6, 9, 18–20, 22
Second Reading: Romans 8:14–17
Gospel: Matthew 28:16–20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

“Make disciples and baptize. Why isn’t it sufficient for discipleship to know the teachings of Jesus, to know the Christian values? Why is it necessary to be baptized? This is the theme of our reflection, in order to understand the reality, the profundity of the sacrament of Baptism. A first door is opened if we read attentively these words of the Lord. The choice of the expression “in the name of the Father” in the Greek text is very important: the Lord says “eis” and not “en,” and so not “in the name” of the Trinity like we say that a vice-prefect speaks “in the name” of the prefect, an ambassador speaks “in the name” of the government. No. He says “eis to onoma,” meaning an immersion into the name of the Trinity, a being inserted into the name of the Trinity, an interpenetration of the being of God and our being, a being immersed in God the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, just as in marriage, for example, two persons become one flesh, become one single new reality, with a single new name.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

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