Ex 34: 4b-6, 8-9, Cor 13: 11-13, Jn 3:16-18
Dear brothers and sisters,
Often the Trinity becomes an intellectual puzzle that we try to figure out, rather than an invitation to live into the very being of God, the God who is Fullness-of-Being. The God revealed to us in scripture is always reaching out to draw us into relationship-through creating us, redeeming us, and making us holy.
The mystery of the Trinity not only tells us something important about God; it tells us something very important about ourselves. Trinity is an important and powerful image. Our God is a God of relationship – of community. God does not exist in isolation or solitude. God exists as a loving dynamic relationship – Father, Son, and Spirit. God is full and total communion. God is not a solitary ruler or a lone ranger; and we are made in the image and likeness of God. We are made to live our life in relationship. When our life is off balance, when we feel disjointed, isolated, not fully alive, that something is missing; when we find ourselves angry or in conflict, it almost always has something to do with our relationships.
We are called by our very nature, like the nature of God, to be in a loving, sustaining relationship with our spouse, children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, friends, neighbors, community, ultimately with all whom we share this earth with. Now, I don’t want to imply for one moment that this is an easy task – it is not. Some days it’s more challenging than others, and some people make it much more challenging than others. Building and sustaining good relationships is very hard work that is imminently worthwhile. It is the work that our lives and our society are built on.
Each time we bless ourselves, – In the name of the Father…we are not only publicly professing our belief in the Trinity, we should also be reminding ourselves to check our relationship – our vertical relationship with God –Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and our horizontal relationships with one another, with all of creation, because it is by living in loving relationship that we are most like our God, and that is when we are most at ease, most at peace, most fully ourselves, most fully alive.
We are Trinitarian people. Former President George W. Bush wrote that, “ we are anguished by the death of George Floyd, and that it is time for the American to examine our tragic failures, that it remains a shocking failure that many Africans, especially young African men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. How to end systematic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America.”– I absolutely agree with him because right relationship among all peoples, that we affirm our belief in the mystery of the Trinity and recall that each one of us is challenged to develop and sustain a web of loving relationships that are reflective of the relationship that is our God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – in whose image and likeness we were made. Amen
Peace and all good!
Fr. Valery Burusu