May 26, 2024
by Mirielle Leonard
Creighton University's School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Lectionary: 165  

Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalms 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Romans 8:14-17
Matthew 28:16-20

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Pope Francis' Angelus on the Most Holy Trinity:
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Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Praying As We Age

The Gospel today contains a strong push for evangelization. But why should we want to go out and spread the good news, other than because God has clearly commanded it here in this passage? Well, take for example, a section of the second reading today (Rom 8:16-17):

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.

Not only are we children of God, but we are heirs of God. Not only are we heirs in the heavenly kingdom of God, but joint heirs. Christ wants us as His equal enjoying eternal life in heaven with Him, even when He has all the power in the universe to lord over us if He wanted to. If it still has not sunk in how much He loves us, allow me to relay a testimony my parents recounted to me that they encountered in the recent eucharistic revitalization series. Forgive me if anything is inaccurate, as I have forgotten the small details in favor of the larger lesson. In a small village, a natural disaster resulted in the destruction of many buildings. Among the structures completely leveled was an elementary school with hundreds of children inside. Many parents stood about weeping, but one father walked up to the wreckage and began removing pieces of rubble. Thirty-six painstaking hours later, with raw and bloody hands, the man uncovered his son, alive and well. The boy said to his father,” I knew you would come for me.” Jesus wants us as badly as this father wanted to find his son. As the son had faith his father would come for him, so should we believe in the fervor Christ has for our connection with him. This devotion and promise of being a joint heir in Christ should be motivation for us to live our Christian lives visibly, that we may possibly bring others to the same joy.

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