This Sunday’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 4:32–34, 39–40
Psalm 33:4–5, 6, 9, 18–19, 20, 22 (℟ 12b)
IN FIVE SHORT VERSES, THE CONCLUSION OF MATTHEW’S GOSPEL OUTLINES THE SPECTRUM OF THE DISCIPLES’ EXPERIENCE SO FAR. Amid the extremes of fidelity and betrayal, worship and doubt, Jesus stands like a center mark fixed in our hearts, that all our edges may be drawn back to him. Jesus, whose authority spans heaven and earth, gathers in order to send us beyond our perceived limits. Jesus, who returns to the Father yet remains with us, commands us to find the borders of our comfort to embrace those cast to the outskirts of our concern. Like a compass, the Sign of the Cross we make on our bodies commits us again and again to the ends of the earth to seek these sisters and brothers in Christ.
This is a fitting Gospel to mark our return to Ordinary Time Sundays. We aren’t going back to things as usual now that we have completed our Paschal season. With the newly initiated as our living proof of God’s new creation, we remember that the church is not a fixed point but a people who go out to the margins to embrace all with the reconciling message of the Gospel. The neophytes baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit herald us again to reclaim this mission in Christ.
– Diana Macalintal
Today’s first reading has Moses imploring the people to remember the wonders that God has worked for them and for the world. The creation of man. The voice of God speaking from the fire. Rescuing his people from Egypt. God has given many signs to God’s people of the power of God and yet we still doubt. Granted, we were not present to hear God’s voice from the burning bush or watch Jesus walk on water, but there are signs in our time that God is King of all the earth. What signs has God put into your life to show you that God has the power to do anything? Do we see what God is revealing before our very eyes? Do we give God the glory he deserves? Blessed are we who have been chosen to be God’s own.
More choral suggestions for Trinity Sunday…
A Walking Prayer Karen Schneider Kirner SATB, Cantor, Assembly, Flute, opt 2 Violins & Cello, Keyboard • 007319
And We Cry, “Holy” Aaron Thompson Two-part Choir, Solo, Assembly, Guitar, Keyboard • es08164-A
Concertato on GROSSER GOTT: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name Arr. Charles Thatcher SATB, Descant, Assembly, opt Brass Quartet, Organ • 008812
Dos Cantos para las Procesiones/Two Processional Songs Pedro Rubalcava Two- or Three-part Choir, Cantor, Descant, Assembly, opt. Guitar, Keyboard • 012531
Enter into the House of the Lord Peter M. Kolar Unison Choir, Descant, Assembly, opt Flute, Trumpet, Keyboard • 009010
Go Make of All Disciples/The Day of Resurrection Arr. Richard Proulx SATB, Organ, Assembly, Optional Brass Quintet and Timpani • G-6208
Holy Trinity M.D. Ridge & Timothy R. Smith. SATB, Descant, Assembly, Guitar, Keyboard • 008911
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! John Dykes, Arr. Robert Powell SATB, Organ, Assembly • G-8403
Hymn of Saint Patrick C.F. Alexander & Diana Macalintal SATB, Assembly, C Instrument, Guitar, Keyboard • 008898
I Will Be with You James Moore SATB, Assembly, Piano, Guitar • G-2803
La Misericordia del Señor/The Earth Is Full: Salmo 33(32) Mary Frances Reza ¡Aclama, Tierra Entera!/Sing All You Lands! bilingual songbook • 012637
Santísima Trinidad Lorenzo Florián Venga Tu Reino songbook • 012695