Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sunday Scripture Reflection, May 27, 2018: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...

 What does your relationship with God look like? 

   We understand God to have been, from the beginning of time, relational.  As Psalm 33 reminds us, even in Creation, God was also Word and Spirit:  By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host.  Moreover, we too are called to relationship with God in the psalm, hoping for his kindness, waiting for the Lord, trusting that God is present to us in our every moment.  Moses reminds the people of this relationship in Deuteronomy:  Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?  Yet, while God does not need our promise in relationship, God would like our participation, and so Moses tells the people that they must keep God’s statutes and commandments as a way of fixing in their hearts that the Lord is God.  This is how God gives identity to his people:  they are called by God who has ongoing care for them and who will keep his promises.

   Jesus will insist on this relationship in new ways at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, after the Resurrection:  I am with you always, until the end of the age, he tells his disciples.  And, because he will dwell in them in the form of the Spirit, they are to go out, aware of that presence within, and draw others in to comprehension and awareness of all God is doing in this world:  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.  This is participation in the relationship Jesus comes to embody, to give body to.

   We are called through baptism and death and resurrection to union with God.  Having, as Paul tells the Romans, received a Spirit of adoption, we are children of God, and can now call God Abba, Father!  If we are one with the Spirit God gave to us, we are children, blessed into a relationship of intimacy, of union with God in all God’s persons, not falling back into fear, but relying on God’s love, fixed in our hearts, God, who is present to us – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – in every moment, as he promised.

This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class.
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