June 15

Trinity Sunday

 Reflection

The essential nature of God is about relatedness and the capacity to relate, and the propensity and power to relate is, in fact, the very essence of God.  God becomes meaningful in the very process of relating.  God’s revelation or self-disclosure is, in essence, an invitation to mutuality…. In the plain but profound language of the Christian Bible: God is love!

God is first and foremost a propensity and power for relatedness, and the divine imprint is nowhere more apparent than in nature’s own fundamental desire to relate—interdependently and interconnectedly. For the quantum theologian, the doctrine of the Trinity takes on a very vibrant meaning, intensifying the call to relate, in love and justice, to all life on earth and beyond.

Our very constitution as human beings is our capacity to relate and in our struggle to do so authentically, we reveal to the world that we are made in the image and likeness of the Originating Mystery whose essential trinitarian nature is also that of relatedness.

Diarmuid O’Murchu, Excerpts from Quantum Theology

 Prayer

Glory to you, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.

Action

Science is teaching us that the very essence of the cosmos is relatedness – is connectedness – is interdependence.  Our theology of the Holy Trinity tells us that the very essence of God is relatedness – is connectedness – is interdependence.  And those two realities affect how we relate to one another in this world –how we live together socially, politically, and religiously.  The decisions we make in our personal and corporate lives will have an impact on  everyone.

Does this make sense to you? And if it does, in what concrete ways does it affect your actions?

Suggested Reading

That all of them may be one just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
John 17:21

God is not solitude, but perfect communion. For this reason the human person, the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.
Benedict XVI

A defining characteristic of our times is the insight that we need to affirm and accept difference.  Unity without respect for difference quickly collapses into a totalitarian situation where one view dominates all others.  Trinitarian theology affirms not only communion but also difference.  It locates unity in difference at the heart of God.  A trinitarian theology supports a relational view of reality, but it is a specific kind of relationality, one in which distinction and difference are enabled to flourish,
Denis Edwards

 Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate.
Karen Armstrong

What is asked of religion, therefore, is to let go of answers that no longer respond to questions; to accept change and possibility rather than fixate on interpretations that came from another worldview and were profitable then, but have lost all significance today.
Barbara Fiand

Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship – and not as ends in themselves.
Francis Schaeffer

 Just as the right relationship with Christ generates a Christian, so the proper relationship with the Holy Spirit breeds a spiritual person.
Watchman Nee

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