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Sunday Scripture Readings, May 26, 2013

By Jeff Hensley
Catholic News Service

May 26, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Cycle C. Readings:

1) Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 8:4-9

2) Romans 5:1-5

Gospel: John 16:12-15

My wife and I visited California's Big Sur region only a few years back. Its hillsides are covered in rich succulents, red and yellow, green and purple. Sea lions and harbor seals swim and sun just off the coast. Cliffs above the Pacific line the sinuous highway on which you fly above clouds clinging to the ocean's surface, a surface reflecting blues of surreal beauty, the waves shimmering as they mirror patches of turquoise skies above.

My heart was moved to praise the Creator of this wonder-inducing bit of the earth. It seems impossible that anyone could move through sights so dazzling and not have their hearts moved past that wonder to the One who brought the beauty forth from nothing.

That is much of the content of today's reading from Proverbs and of the psalm. Before all this, over which God has given us dominion, God and his wisdom was -- his Holy Spirit was.

Proverbs says, "When the Lord established the heavens I was there; when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then was I beside him as his craftsman ... and I found delight in the human race."

In the Gospel, God assures us this same Holy Spirit was there, the same Spirit that was to be poured out at Pentecost, would to be there for us: "When he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth." We are offered the security that comes from knowing that God has not left us without the wisdom provided by his Spirit, the same Spirit that was there from the beginning.


When has the beauty of the natural world moved you to wonder and awe and beyond to an experience of worship?


"When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place -- What is man that you should be mindful of him?" -- Psalm 8:4-5a


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