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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

"Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you." 2 Cor 13: 11-12

God is a relationship.  We need to chew on this notion for a while. We might also say that God as Trinity is perfect love. Whatever we say, however, will be inadequate. When we are searching for ways to understand who God is, we can only speak analogously. We can say God is like something we know, a marriage for instance. When a man loves a woman and a woman loves a man unconditionally they create something new, and I don't necessarily mean a child. Whenever anyone loves another unconditionally and receives love unconditionally, something new emerges. In God, that someone new is the Holy Spirit.

Too heady? Perhaps, but we are trying to get our heads around a mystery, and while words will always be inadequate, we must try. The mystery of the Trinity is at the heart of our faith because it calls us as Christians to be communion of persons without subordination or domination. In the mystery of the Trinity, every person is called, despite their limitations and sins, to be in a union of equality with others without a hierarchy that makes one person more important than others.

Simply put, we reflect the Trinity when we look at one another with awe and wonder, not seeking to control the other or be controlled  by them, and when we allow this communion to proclaim the Good News. It is not so much what we say, but how we treat one another because we see each person the finger of God.

Today, pray that all your relationships will speak of God's presence and peace.

Whose love for you has been so unconditional that it led you to believe more deeply in God's unconditional love?

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