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Sunday Scripture Readings, June 3, 2012

By Jean Denton
Catholic News Service

June 3, The Most Holy Trinity

Cycle B. Readings:

1) Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40

Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22

2) Romans 8:14-17

Gospel) Matthew 28:16-20

In American culture, weddings are widely understood to be the bride's gig, and I've been to several where the groom appeared a bit glassy-eyed and appreciative of "handlers" leading him through his parts in the ceremony.

But when my nephew got married, it was obvious he was running the show. Michael deftly organized both the rehearsal dinner and the reception, selected the music and guided his bride through choices of scriptural readings for the Mass.

At every turn, it seemed he was being consulted by one or another participant, and he always offered instruction with calm assurance. I was impressed but not surprised since he'd always shown an innate quality of leadership.

Sitting in the church watching him, surrounded by extended family, I wondered, "Which side of the family did he get that talent from?" I was about to say something to that effect when I remembered that Michael was adopted. It wasn't the first time I caught myself thinking he'd inherited a certain trait from his mom or dad.

Today's readings remind Jesus' followers that our adoptive relationship to God the Father makes us fully his children. Our relationship takes on the same context as Jesus' relationship to him through the binding presence of the Holy Spirit, Paul explains in his letter to the Romans.

Just as Michael's life has been formed and lived through the same loving, supportive family of his adoptive brothers and cousins, so is our life, as Jesus' disciples, formed and lived through the "family" of the Holy Trinity.

Our baptism is our adoption into the family, joining us to Christ as children of God. Paul points out that this makes us joint "heirs of God" with Christ. As long as we accept our place and share in the life of that family, we will receive the same inheritance as Jesus -- eternal life with the Father.

Once in the family, we are compelled to further its growth, as the Gospel urges, by bringing new generations of disciples and baptizing them into the life and love of the relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


What are some of the "family traits" you've picked up from your relationship with the Holy Trinity? What about that relationship compels you to make disciples of others?


"You received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, 'Abba, Father!'" (Romans 8:15).


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