Mass Readings for Trinity Sunday Year C

  • First ReadingProverbs 8:22-31: “When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains or springs of water; before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet the earth and fields were not made, nor the first clods of the world.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 8: “O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!”
  • Second ReadingRomans 5:1-5: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.”
  • GospelJohn 16:12-15: “Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

Themes for Trinity Sunday Year C

The readings for The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity for Year C invite us to live in the light of God’s truth. In the first reading we hear of the eternal nature of God. The psalm praises God for the wonders of his creation and his care for us. In the second reading Paul reminds us that faith brings us hope. In the gospel Jesus tells us that all that is the Father’s is also his and he promises us the Spirit of truth.

  • The relationship between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Lover, Beloved, and Love
  • Mutual indwelling
  • What the Trinity means to us

See the Homilies and Reflections section and the More Thoughts section for further expansion on these readings and some reflection questions for Trinity Sunday Year C.

Resources for Trinity Sunday Year C

What Is the Holy Trinity?

What does the mystery of the Trinity tell us? It tells us that God is relationship. In fact, God is such a perfect relationship in unity that God is truly one.

A Prayer of Human Dignity

This prayer is based on Psalm 8, which is the responsorial psalm for Trinity Sunday Year C. It praises God for granting us human dignity as His children.

You Are My Beloved – Discussion and Reflection Questions

Think about the Trinity. God the Father is the lover. God the Son is the beloved. And God the Holy Spirit is the love between them, a love which is so strong that it is it’s own person.

Homilies and Reflections for Trinity Sunday Year C

What Is the Trinity?

From Bishop Robert Barron. Trinity Sunday has been called “the preacher’s nightmare.” But while the Trinity remains a supreme mystery, Thomas Aquinas used a basic principle that helps us to get at it: beings, at all levels, tend to make images of themselves. The higher you go in the hierarchy of being, the more interior and the more perfect this principle becomes.

The Trinity and Wisdom

Jeff Cavins reflects on the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, focusing especially on the theme of wisdom. Do you need guidance in your life?

Begotten Not Made

Bishop Robert Barron explains that the Nicene Creed articulates the mystery of the Trinity with the wonderful phrase “begotten not made,” meaning that the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the life-giving love breathed out between the Father and the Son.

Glorious Processions

In today’s Liturgy we’re swept through time in glorious procession—from before earth and sky were set in place to the coming of the Spirit upon the new creation, the Church. Scott Hahn reflects that that we will find peace and union in God, we will share the life of the Trinity, we will dwell in God as He dwells in us.

Praying with the Trinity

The Trinity is a beautiful mystery that cannot be fully explained or understood through human language, which makes it a challenge to communicate to children when we rely on words in our catechesis.

We Are Not Alone

Today’s gospel reminds us that as disciples of Jesus we cannot know the future. We can only know that, whatever shape the future takes, we will not have to face it alone.

More Thoughts for Trinity Sunday Year C

The Trinity shows us how God can be supernatural and yet still be close to us. The Father is in heaven. He shares his divine love in the Spirit with the incarnate Christ Jesus. Jesus, in turn, makes that Spirit present to us. And we as Christians, then share the divine presence with everyone we encounter.

Through Jesus we understand that we have received and we must also share. We have received wisdom, as mentioned in the first reading. We also have the strength of obedience demonstrated by Jesus. Our mission is to share these gifts with others, so that they can also experience the presence of God.

God is not static. God is dynamic like a dance, three persons holding hands and spinning in a circle of love. They are moving in unison and are one dance. We are invited to join in that dance, and we are called to invite others.

Reflection Questions for Trinity Sunday Year C

  • How does the Trinity help me encounter God, who is beyond my understanding?
  • How can I share the gifts of wisdom and strength with others in my daily life?
  • How is the Trinity inviting me into the dance today?

Quotes and Social Media Graphics for Trinity Sunday Year C

We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity tells us that we do not have a solitary God up there in heaven, far away; no, He is the Father who gave us his Son, who became man like us, and who sends his own Spirit to be even closer to us.

Pope Francis

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