Sunday, June 7, 2020
+ T r i n i t y +
The God from whom we have our being is not a solitary figure, living in splendid isolation, a critical observer and judge of humanity. As Moses heard in the 1st reading:
Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion,
slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness.
What could an all-sufficient, genderless, Unmoved First Mover know about tenderness, or compassion, or anger for that matter?
Why would such a God be moved to create anything and more, anyone, let alone be moved to suffer over us and redeem us?
The God Jesus reveals knows what love is because the interior life of God is relational. It is the nature of love to express itself, to want to be intelligible to the beloved, to look for reciprocity.
It is the nature of love to suffer when the beloved suffers. It is the nature of love to be angry over injustices done to the beloved.
The Triune God is, before all else, ecstatic self-gift that is total, reciprocal, and generative among Father, Son, and Spirit—self-gift that overflows to create all things and to be active in our history and our struggles. As Fr. Rohr wrote in Gateway to Silence:
Instead of God being the Eternal Threatener, we have God as the
Ultimate Participant—in everything—both the good and the painful…
Instead of God watching life happen from afar and judging it…
How about God being inherent in life itself?
How about God being the Life Force of everything?
Instead of God being an Object like any other object . . .
How about God being the Life Energy between each and every object?
…the Trinitarian Revolution reveals God as totally inclusive and
with us in all of life instead of standing on the sidelines,
critiquing which things belong and which things don’t.
This God is the very one whom we have named “Trinity”—
the Flow who flows through everything, without exception,
and who has done so since the beginning.
As we heard in the gospel, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.”
Eternal life is to enter into the inner life of God. Eternal life means that I am fully myself only in relationship with you. I thrive, not on competition but on interdependence.
I empower the creativity and responsibility of others. I have a taste for conversation, listening, dialog, for the joys of the table.
I relish the moments when I can fully give myself away without strings—even when it costs me everything.
In the 2nd reading you heard the greeting we use at the beginning of Mass. Listen to what it says and what it means for each or us and for all of us:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.