we are your disciples today. We thank you trusting us to be good and true followers. With the help of your Spirit, we know we can be loving and forgiving with everyone. We hope to listen and obey you in all things.
The Holy Trinity
Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
† A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 3:16-17:16-20
Jesus’ eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted.
Jesus came to them and said: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth!
Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples.
Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. “I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.”
The gospel of the Lord.
Easter season—Easter Sunday to Pentecost (50 days)—10 days longer than Lent. As humans, we can understand our earthly sojourn in brokenness, darkness, sinfulness and the need to change. This Sunday, the Gospel tells us all power is given to us to make disciples…in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit! Baptism is the sign Jesus gives us, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to become children of God. Point out that our sign of the cross, comes from this Gospel. We make the sign of the cross to remind ourselves each time we pray that we are disciples! Practice making the sign of the cross: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is the image and sign of this Trinity Sunday. It is a sign we, as Catholic Christians, use to celebrate this Mystery of Trinity. Ask your children why do we use the sign of the cross? (To remind ourselves of our God—3 Persons in One! When we pray, we make the sign of the cross to remind ourselves that we are disciples of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Pentecost is called the “Birthday of the Church” since the Gospel sends the disciples “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Have a bowl of water. Have each child dip their fingers into the water, make the sign of the cross, a say: I am (child’s name), a friend of God’s. Respond “God loves (child’s name) and we love (child’s name).” After everyone has participated, pray:
Dear Jesus, we know we are to love one another. Because you call us by name and call us to be your friend, we will be a friend to each other.