Cycle B The Most Holy Trinity

 Deut. 4:32-34. 39-40; Rom. 8:14-17; Mt. 28:16-20

Today, we gather to celebrate one of the most profound and mysterious aspects of our Christian faith: the Holy Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity teaches us that God is three—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This mystery is central to our faith, yet it remains a concept that challenges our understanding.

The Trinity is not merely an abstract doctrine but a living reality that shapes our faith and practice. It teaches us that God is relational and communal, inviting us into a divine fellowship of love. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are in a perfect relationship of love, and we are called to reflect that love in our relationships with others.

There’s a story about a young boy who goes and climbs up a mountain in India and he meets a guru. And he wakes the guru up because the guru is half asleep.

And the guru says, “What can I do for you, young man?”

Cycle B Pentecost

 Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 (Or Gal. 5:16-25); Jn. 20:19-23

The Feast of Pentecost, also known as Shavuot in Hebrew, has its origins deeply rooted in the Old Testament scriptures and Jewish tradition. The word "Pentecost" is derived from the Greek word "pentekoste," meaning "fiftieth," as it falls on the fiftieth day after the Passover Sabbath. This feast holds significant theological and historical importance for both Jews and Christians alike.

In Old Testament it was originally celebrated as a harvest festival, marking the end of the wheat harvest and the beginning of the fruit harvest in ancient Israel. It was a time of thanksgiving to God for His provision and bounty.

One of the central events associated with Shavuot is the giving of the Law (the Torah) to Moses on Mount Sinai. According to Jewish tradition, this momentous event occurred fifty days after the Israelites' exodus from Egypt.

Cycle B The Ascension of the Lord

 Acts 1:1-11; Ephes. 1:17:23 (Or Ephes. 4:1-13); Mk. 16:15-20

Today we gather to commemorate the glorious feast of Ascension, a pivotal event in the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven completed His earthly work of our redemption. Through His numerous apparitions to hundreds of people between the Day of His glorious Resurrection and the Day of His Ascension, Jesus proved two things. First of all, He proved that He was the promised Messiah. Secondly, He proved that through He Who overcame death, those who persevere in their living faith shall also overcome death and inherit the Kingdom of God.

Based on the writings of St. Augustine, the Catholic Church believes that the observance of the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus is of Apostolic origin. During the 5 th century, St. Augustine wrote that this Feast was of universal observance within the

Cycle A 6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1 Jn. 4:7-10; Jn. 15:9-17

My dear brothers and Sister, today’s Gospel passage draws our attention to one of the most profound and unique teachings of Jesus: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friend" (John 15:12-13). These words encapsulate the essence of Christian love, a love that goes beyond mere sentimentality, transcending boundaries and circumstances.

In the Old Testament the bond between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17) exemplifies selfless love and loyalty. Despite facing immense adversity, including the loss of their husbands and the uncertainty of the future, Ruth chooses to remain by Naomi's side. Her declaration, "Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God" (Ruth 1:16), reflects a deep and