Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lectio Divina Meditation for Holy Trinity Sunday Year C

Holy Trinity Sunday Year C
May 30
“Revealing the Truth”

1. Lectio
John 16:12-15
12 “I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much for you to bear.
13 When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears, and will tell you of things to come. 14 He will give me glory, because he will take what I say and tell it to you. 15 All that my Father has is mine; that is why I said that the Spirit will take what I give him and tell it to you.

The Holy Spirit continues to be our focus. After the Holy Spirit was revealed on Pentecost Sunday, we can now fully understand the fullness of the revelation that God is Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Here Jesus teaches that the role of the Holy Spirit is to ‘reveal the truth about God’, to ‘lead you into all the truth’ and ‘tell you of things to come’ (verse 13). Jesus could have explained more to his disciples at this point about what is going to happen but he knows that they would not be able to take any more in. So he chooses instead to give them glimpses of the work of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus’ resurrection the Holy Spirit will help the disciples understand what they need to know in order to live in relationship with God and give them the power they need to do so (Acts 1:8). Jesus explains more about the relationship between the Holy Spirit, the Father and himself. The Holy Spirit helps us understand and see the truth about God and guides us. In this way he brings glory to the Father and the Son. The three members of the Holy Trinity are one in complete unity.

2. Meditatio
1. Choose a word or a phrase that touches you. Speak it out aloud three times in a prayerful manner.
2. Spend a moment of silence, remembering the word or phrase you have chosen or you have heard from others in the group.
3. Share the reason why you have chosen this word or this phrase with the other members of the group.

3. Oratio
you sent your Word to bring us truth
and your Spirit to make us holy.
Through them we come to know
the mystery of your life.
Help us to worship you,
one God in three Persons,
by proclaiming and living our faith in you.
We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever.

4. Contemplatio
Contemplate the intimate union the Father has for the Son and the Son for the Father and how this love is expressed perfectly in the Holy Spirit.

5. Actio
1. Personal Life – Go back and read the section on the Holy Trinity (you can find it in the index) in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
2. Communal Life – Make a list of all the members of the community, especially of the sick and elderly. Make a commitment to pray for each of them during this week/ month.

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