Holy Trinity (A)
by Edrianne Ezell
Faith Sharing Questions
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The Hebrew word used to describe this character of God is found in the word ‘Hesed’. It means that God has a covenantal-spousal love which is ever faithful; astonishingly in particular when the other covenant partner,(humanity) is unfaithful. How does this change your image of God? Heal an ‘old’ image of God? Comfort you?In what way?
St Paul’s letter today shares an early liturgical greeting (still used today). A kiss of peace was to be offered to each other, not after the Our Father before communion, but as a greeting at the beginning of worship to show and sign the love we aim to live and celebrate. How do you greet others in your faith community?
God’s only motive is; love, self-communication, forgiveness, mercy. How do we humans respond to God’s offer – will we receive it? We are totally free not to believe but that choice is a kind of ‘self-imposed judgment’. How could you witness more authentically to help others ‘receive’ Christ?
SOURCE: Living the Word resources are created by Fr Frank Bird a Marist priest and Mrs Bev McDonald, ACSD, distributed by Marist Laity Auckland, NZ
In the wider setting, Moses encounters God as the Lord always ready to relent, always ready to forgive. Perhaps you have some ordinary experience of this in your relationships? Perhaps in faith, too, you have discovered this tremendous grace?
We would all love to have the God of love and peace in our lives: what am I doing to allow that to take place?
Jesus speaks of himself being lifted up, a term that can mean a physical lift- ing, or also exaltation. By this play on words the evangelist explains to us that Jesus’ gift of himself in the passion was a glorious revelation of love, despite all its injustice and brutality. Bring to mind occasions when the love shown by Jesus in his passion was a sacrament of God’s love for you.
SOURCE: Hearers of the Word
1. God has shown himself to us through the ages, through Jesus. Besides his name, what did God reveal about himself to Moses on Mount Sinai? What was Moses’ response to this revelation? How do you respond when God speaks to you?
2. We can all agree with and/or encourage each other in order to live in peace. How important is this to you? Do you encourage others? Is Paul talking about agreeing on everything or on basic truths?
1. Have you ever experienced the love of God in Jesus Christ as you were at prayer or in the liturgy of the Church? Could you sense that Jesus the Christ was there imparting the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit? What was that like? Can you share with others some of that experience?
2. Do you know what grace is? Do you know that you have been gifted by God with love and with spiritual power to do good things? Give some account of the gifts that God has given you for spiritual works. Are you aware that God’s love is a gift? That it cannot be earned? That Jesus Christ is the giver of divine gifts along with the Father? That the Holy Spirit is the gift of God to us?
3. Discuss the various ways in which you experience your family as God’s gift to you — your family of origin and your present family. Discuss the ways in which your faith community is God’s gift to you. Discuss the ways in which you yourself are a gift of God to others in family life and in the community of faith.
SOURCE: Portland Diocese
1. Moses asks God to join him in his journey. In what ways do you experience God as your companion on the journey?
2. Paul encourages us to live in peace with one another. What helps or hinders you from living this message?
3. God so loved the world that he died for us. What can help us internalize this awesome truth of God’s unconditional love for us?
4. To what extent is your spirituality Trinitarian? Do you have a relationship with all three persons of the Blessed Trinity?
5. Name one thing today’s Gospel says to us that we disciples of Jesus need to heed and act on.
SOURCE: Ascension Catholic Parish, Melbourne, FL
Where do you see the Persons (or the actions of the Persons) of the Most Holy Trinity in this Sunday’s readings? What is the effect of each Person of the Trinity?
Did God send his Son to judge or to save (John 3:17; Rom 5:8; CCC 734)? What kind of love is this (Ephesians 4:2-5; John 15:13; CCC 218-21, 604-5)? What is God (1 John 4:8)? How was this manifested to us (1 John 4:9-10; CCC 457-58)? What should be our response?
From this reading, what stands out to you about God? About what he wants you to do? About how a person is saved? About how a person is condemned? What does it mean to “believe” (John 3:15-21, 36)?
What does Jesus mean when he talks about eternal life? What does it call to mind for you? What does eternal life mean to you in regards to duration? Quality? Activity?
What does it mean to be “saved? From what? For what? What is the alternative? When did you begin to see God as saving you, rather than condemning you?