The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit…
What kind of relationship do you have with the Trinity?
Most people eschew isolation and yearn to be connected; our Trinitarian God is no different. From the beginning of time God has sought a relationship with the human beings he created. In the Book of Exodus, God proclaims his own name, LORD, to the people waiting for Moses at the foot of Mt. Sinai, then goes on to expand on what this name means using explicit covenant language: by his own reckoning, God is a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity. God is thus, by definition, relational; God wants all to respond to his invitation to covenant relationship. The song of Azariah from the third chapter of the Book of Daniel celebrates this ongoing invitation, blessing God’s desire for relationship with his earthly creation, from the time of our fathers to the depths of humankind today.
Indeed, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, John’s Gospel tells us, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. Jesus is a gift to humankind, given over to death by God the Father so that through his death we might never die. For God desires that all should one day enjoy perfect union, an eternal relationship in the love that is God.
Within his very self, God is also relational, revealed to us in a Trinity of persons, as Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians notes: we encounter the Trinitarian relationship through the grace or presence of Jesus, the love of God revealed through that presence, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit who is the source of our union in that love. It is union that we are called to, union with God and with other, a union of encouragement and peace in community with one another, a covenant-like relationship built upon a foundation of patience and mercy, kindness and fidelity. To live in this relationship of love for one another is to touch, ever so briefly, the love that is Trinitarian, a love we hope one day to know in the fullness of perfect union with God.
This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class.
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