ON TRINITY ON TRINITY SUNDAY, 1993
God is one, and is
singular through eternity and into time. However, God's love for creation
is so multidimensional that we have experienced God [ God has revealed
himself] as Trinity.
First of all , God
reveals himself as creator and supporter -- as protector and as Yahweh.
Then, when humanity still floundered and failed to understand the love
of God, God joins us as Son in the man Jesus. Jesus was man, completely,
but he also was the revelation of God so fully that he was God. The
dynamic of the love of Father and Son was the ultimate model of how
we can relate to God. Through Jesus we find our sonship in God.
But Jesus, being
a human, died and was the first born to be raised by the Father. This
was when Jesus stepped out of time. But we are still in time and still
struggling to create our own reality and still struggling to find our
identity. God's love continues in a special way through the timeless
love of father and son... in the spirit of Father and son, as Holy
Spirit, who comforts and supports us individually and as a community
of believers. As Spirit, we have the fullness of God's life and love
poured out to us and in us. This is still the one God, but in another
powerfully complete reality, as Spirit.
Now, God's love is
intensely personal. And as we are persons God relates to us a person.
But God's love is so total and so multi-dimensional, that we experience
God as three persons loving us in these incredible personal ways. We
are blessed with God's presence as Father, as brother Jesus, and as
God's love is unchanging, but our capacity as human persons is so limited that
we cannot experience the immensity of that love in a single personal relationship...
God, who wants us to experience his love in all its splendour, comes to us
as three persons... in time and in eternity... for they are the same in God.
Thank you my God
for being with me today and for letting me see a bit more clearly how
great is your love for me.... I need not be concerned about understanding..
just about being open enough to accept you. You surround me in every
dimension. There is no opening for love that you have not asked to
fill in me. Let me be open and welcoming of your presence to me.
June 6, 1993