Trinity Sunday (B)
May 30, 2021

First Reading (Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40)

Moses said to the people: "Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the LORD, your God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever."

Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 33: 4-6, 9, 18-20, 22)

Refrain: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

1) Upright is the word of the LORD; and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. (Refrain)

2) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their hoste,
For he spoke, and it was made; he commanded, and it stood forth. (Refrain)

3) See, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness.
To deliver them from death; and preserve them in spite of famine. (Refrain)

4) Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us who have put our hope in you. (Refrain)

Second Reading (Romans 8: 14-17)

Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him

Gospel (Matthew 28: 16-20)

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

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- Timely Homilies, by William J. Bausch, pp. 45-51. Twenty-third Publications, Mystic, CT. 06355: 1990.

- Days of the Lord, Volume 7, pp. 5-7, 17-27. The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN., 1993.

- The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2, by William Barclay, pp. 377-378. Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA. 1975.

- The Cultural World of Jesus, by John J. Pilch, pp. 91-93. The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN. 1996.

- The Word Encountered, by John F. Kavanaugh, pp. 72-75. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 1996.

- Catechism: #232-248.

Homiletic Ideas


Will You Be Missed?

As we celebrate Father's Day today, I would like to share with you the following story about the effect that one father had on his family.

Well, okay, perhaps being too much work for one person, eating too much and being too messy around the house are not qualities of the ideal father. But I'm sure there are none of us who would deny the effects that our parents, including our fathers, have had on each of us, for better or for worse. And I think it is fitting that this year, Father's Day falls on our celebration of Trinity Sunday since Christ often spoke of the Father. In John's gospel alone, the word appears more than one hundred times.

This weekend happens to be the 103rd anniversary of the U.S. Open. I'm not usually a follower of golf, but I was fascinated by the story of Payne Stewart who won the Open in 1999 and who died mysteriously on October 25th, just a few months later, while on a flight bound from Florida to Texas. Evidently, his private jet lost cabin pressure, rendering all of the passengers and crew unconscious, and then flew on auto-pilot for several hours before finally running out of fuel and crashing in a distant South Dakota field, killing Stewart and five others. In the early 80's, Payne was known as something of a "pain" to his fellow golfers, fans and reporters because of his caustic wit which he could use effectively to put down friend and foe alike. However, after the death of his father in 1985, he gradually changed and became a kinder and gentler person. Then, in 1993, his best friend and fellow golfer Paul Azinger, battled the same cancer that took his father's life. And in the months before his death, he was quoted as saying "I'm a lot more mature and happier. I've learned what's really important." He also cited a newfound faith to which he said he was drawn by the involvement of his children, Chelsea and Aaron. And when he won the Open, beating out Phil Mickelson in a thrilling finish, he took Mickelson's face in his hands and talked to him about the priorities which he had discovered. Mickelson, whose wife gave birth to their first child the next day, put it this way:

Before he died so tragically, and at the pinnacle of his career, Stewart had gotten his act together, caused in part by the death of his father. And he himself had made a profound effect on the lives of his family and friends. There is a question which I would like to ask all of you a little later. But to help you answer it, I would like to share with you one daughter's remembrances of her father. Her name is Angie. She writes:

If there is one message in my homilies that I wish I could hammer home to all of you, whether you are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, grandmothers or grandfathers, it is the message of this story: to tell one another "I love you" while you still can. Death can come upon us when we least expect it. Just ask Payne Stewart's family and friends.Fellow golfer Hal Sutton said this about Stewart after the memorial service: "I was sitting here thinking about how beautiful this is, and he has missed the opportunity to be present and be the defending champion. As beautiful as all that was today, that void is still in Tracey's life. I think we'll always miss him."

Yes, Stewart will be remembered by his family and friends. And he will be missed. But I think the question he asked is the same question that each of us needs to ask ourselves: will I be missed? Just as he used the opportunities he had been given to make sure that he would be missed, I would suggest that every one of you not miss the opportunities you have to tell one another "I love you"now. That way, you will be remembered ... and you will be missed later.


1. The Coolest Dad in the Universe, copyright 1995 by Angie K. Ward-Kucer. (Angie is a senior operator with the Sarpy County E-911 Center and resides in Papillion, Nebraska, with her husband, John Andrew. This is her first story and was written as a tribute to her late father, Thomas Wesley Ward Sr., so that other fathers may learn from his simple acts of love and realize that even as their children become adults, they still need their daddy. She can be reached at Reprinted with the author's permission from A Third Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul, pp. 90-92. Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, FL.

Alternate Opening Illustration

As we celebrate Father's Day today, I'm sure there are none of us who would deny the effects that our parents, including our fathers, have had on each of us, for better or for worse. But this is not only true among us humans, but has been found to be very important in the animal kingdom also.

(Copyright 2012 by the Spirit through Deacon Sil Galvan, with a little help from the friends noted above. Permission is freely granted for use, in whole or in part, in oral presentations. For permission to use in writing, please contact the human intermediary at

Homily #2


Well, what do we know about the Trinity? We know that it is a mystery that can be understood only through faith. The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity. The catechism states that "the mystery of the Holy Trinity is THE central mystery of Christian faith and life." We are all baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Once we have then become a child of God, God is eager to reveal himself to us IF WE LET HIM. In fact, the whole history of salvation recounts the ways and means by which the one true God (i.e., Father, Son and Holy Spirit) reveals himself to his creatures "and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin." It should not surprise us that our Creator is eager to share himself with us through his actions throughout the history of the Israelites and through the teachings of his Son. We all disclose who we are in our actions with one another; and the better we know a person, the better we understand those actions.

Now I know you're all saying to yourselves: "OK. So it's a mystery. Isn't there anything else about the Trinity to which we can relate?" Glad you asked, and perhaps this story might help explain what that could be.

What is the point of this story? That we all exist in relationship to others. The thing about the Trinity to which we can best relate is relationship itself. The Scottish philosopher John McMurray once said that "the self is constituted by its relation to the other". Our very existence is defined by who we are in relation to others, even if it's to a frog. The elderly gentleman in our story probably figured that if the frog became a princess, she'd run off with some young dude and leave him alone again. So he'd prefer the company of the frog to nothing. One of the best therapies for the elderly who live alone, or even in a nursing home, is pet therapy. Being able to go out of themselves to an animal - be it a cat, a dog, a rabbit of any other living thing - has a therapeutic effect on people. Infants, for example, desperately need others, usually their mothers, in order to survive. All human experience is a shared experience. Look at the phenomenon of the internet. What is it all about? Communication. We watch our grandson spend hours playing games on his Xbox with other kids all over the world. Through my own web page, I have found unbelievable possibilities for evangelization and outreach.

Just think about the best experiences of your life. What were they? I'd bet you dollars to donuts that they were experiences you had with a spouse, a friend, a parent or someone else who had a special place in your life. That was the person to whom you could open up and be yourself completely without any facades or "phoniness". That was the whole premise of the book Catcher In the Rye by J. D. Salinger, which I recall from my high school years. It was a search for authenticity. We remember most of all those conversations we had until 4 in the morning baring your soul to a friend. I remember to this day talking with a friend from my seminary days through the night until the sun came up the following morning. I remember feeling so fulfilled, even though I was physically exhausted. Or perhaps we remember a special time spent with a spouse at a Broadway play, a movie or a dinner. A time we spent in the hospital sick and our parents came to visit with an ice cream cone or a milk shake. All of these remembrances were nothing spectacular, but they were special to us for one reason or another. We desperately need "companionship", to be able to "break bread" with others.

Conversely, the worst times in our lives have probably been the ones when we felt alone, abandoned. Just like our Lord felt in the Garden of Gethsemane and during his passion. He knows what that feels like, even to the point of sweating blood. Deprivation of companionship is the worst possible punishment. That is exactly what solitary confinement is in prisons: the ultimate and worst form of punishment. Taking it one step further, the lack of companionship can often lead to insanity. If we look at many, if not most, of those who commit crimes, they will be characterized by those who know them as "loners", people who kept to themselves and had a difficult time communicating with others. Many of the students who have become school shooters in the years since Colombine were described by fellow students as loners. Even the basic tenet of most cults is to cut people off from society and make them believe that they are "different" or that they will be misunderstood. All of these people become "alienated" from others and become unable to relate effectively.

So why do we need to be in constant relationship to others? Because we are made in the image and likeness of a God that is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No matter how little we may know about the Trinity, we can say without hesitation that the Three Persons exist in relationship to one another. God the Father loves God the Son with such a depth that God the Holy Spirit comes to be. That is hard to phrase without intimating that the Eternal God had a beginning, but I think you can get the point. If you think about it, we can understand that concept. Did you ever meet a couple who are so much in love that you can almost reach out and touch it? That is probably as close as we humans can ever get to knowing what the divine love really is.

Every striving of our souls for union, every reaching out for companionship, every urge for a hug or an embrace, every act of love gives indirect testimony to the Trinity. The Trinity says that God is community and so we seek. The Trinity says that God is relationship and so we search. The Trinity says that God is love and so we love. We can't help ourselves. We're made in that image and likeness. We mirror our origins. (1)

So the next time someone asks you to explain the Trinity, you can respond without hesitation: "The Trinity is the relationship of God the Father with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And because I have been created in the image and likeness of God, I can only exist in relationship with others. I am who I am because God is who God is." And then you can add, as Forrest Gump said, "And that's all I'm going to say about that."


1. Reprinted with permission from Storytelling the Word copyright 1996 by William J. Bausch, pp. 253-256. Twenty-third Publications, Mystic, CT. 06355.

(Copyright 2012 by the Spirit through Deacon Sil Galvan, with a little help from the friends noted above. Permission is freely granted for use, in whole or in part, in oral presentations. For permission to use in writing, please contact the human intermediary at

Trinity Sunday
May 30, 2021

Penitential Rite

Lord Jesus, you are the Word of God the Father come down to earth. Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you are the Son of God and the Son of Man. Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you sent the Spirit to teach us the truth of your Word. Lord, have mercy.

Penitential Rite #2

Lord Jesus, through your intervention we are at peace with God. Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, through your intervention we gain access by faith to the grace of salvation. Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, through your intervention we have hope to one day share in your glory. Lord, have mercy.


May 30, 2021

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant: By his death and resurrection, God's only Son, Jesus Christ, has reconciled us with the Father. Therefore, confident that Christ will intercede for us, we bring our prayers and petitions to the Father.

Deacon/Lector: Our response is "Lord, hear our prayer".

That the leaders of the Church may always and everywhere proclaim the great love of the Father which was revealed to us by God's only Son and is now present among us through the Holy Spirit, we pray to the Lord.

That the leaders of the nations of the world will treat God's creation with respect and use its resources wisely, we pray to the Lord.

That the sick and those who are grieving the loss of a loved one may feel the healing presence of the Spirit in their lives, we pray to the Lord.

That the self-giving love which characterizes the relationship of the Father, Son and Spirit may be a model for the relationships of all family members with one another, we pray to the Lord.

That the Spirit may motivate each of us to use our gifts to further the work of the Body of Christ on earth, we pray to the Lord.

That all of our brothers and sisters will be treated as our equals in the sight of God regardless of their race, color, nationality or religion, we pray to the Lord.

That all of those who have contracted the Corona virus will be healed, that those who have died will be welcomed into the loving arms of their Savior who suffered for them and that their grieving families will find strength in their faith, we pray to the Lord.

For all of the intentions we hold in our hearts and which we now recall in silence. (Pause) For all of these intentions, we pray to the Lord.

Celebrant: O Loving God, three Persons yet one being, you have given us an example of what our relationships with one another should be. Grant us the grace of your Spirit to love you and one another as ourselves. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.