03 Jun - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
Glory To The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit
The Spirit glorifies the Son of the eternal Father, and today we in the Spirit give glory to God, for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
- from the Sunday Missal
The Wisdom of God cries aloud:
The Lord created me when his purpose first unfolded,
before the oldest of his works.
From everlasting I was firmly set,
from the beginning, before earth came into being.
The deep was not, when I was born,
there were no springs to gush with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
before the hills, I came to birth;
before he made the earth, the countryside,
or the first grains of the world’s dust.
When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there,
when he drew a ring on the surface of the deep,
when he thickened the clouds above,
when he fixed fast the springs of the deep,
when he assigned the sea its boundaries
- and the waters will not invade the shore -
when he laid down the foundations of the earth,
I was by his side, a master craftsman,
delighting him day after day,
ever at play in his presence,
at play everywhere in the world,
delighting to be with the sons of men.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God’s glory. But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
God is love, we know this. But if God is love, and if God is utterly alone, who does God love? If God loves himself, then that would make him an egoist, a narcissist. The word ‘love’ is a verb first before it is a noun. To say “I have love for you” presupposes that “I love you” first. So if God is love, there must be someone that he loves first. There must be a Lover and a Beloved, and both are God, is at this point we are talking about, God is still alone. It is not that there are two gods, equal in power, but there are two aspects or persons in the one and the same God.
Now what is love? The best description I have found for the verb ‘love’ is that it is a total gift of oneself to another for the good of the other. Now God is perfect, so his love is perfect. So when God the Lover gives totally of himself to God the Beloved, that love is so perfect that it is God himself. So when we say God is love, we mean that God is Lover, Beloved, and Love itself. More accurately put, God is a communion of persons, all of whom are equal although they have different characteristics.
Now we know from our catechism teaching that God made humans to share his love with us. Essentially, the purpose of our existence is so that we can spend eternity with God in love. From the moment we are created, there is an innate desire for God, for love, in each of us. In other words, we are all looking for love.
We are created in the image of God, that is, we are created in the image of a communion of persons. In order to be good images of God, we as humans must exist in a communion of persons. The best image (although not a perfect image) of God as a communion of persons is found in marriage. In the marital union, the Lover gives of himself totally to the Beloved, and the Beloved receives the Lover totally into herself. And this love is so real that, God willing, it can become another person.
This is why the Catholic Church cannot allow any form of marriage that is not able to be an image of God, since a sacrament is a sign that points to God.
However, as mentioned earlier, all of us have an inbuilt desire for God. Our final destination is eternal life with God. Marriage is a sacrament because it reflects that final destination. It is an earthly sign, an earthly reminder, to all of us that our final destination is eternal union with God. Celibate people, however, forego this earthly sign for the heavenly marriage. They live out their heavenly marriage while on earth. They too are living out a sacrament that is a reminder for the rest of us that there is a heavenly marriage waiting for all of us.
This is why the sacraments of marriage and holy orders are so closely intertwined. When marriage and the family break down, so goes vocations. Many of us are not able to see how one links to another, and we pray and pray for more vocations. We cannot fail to pray for marriage and the family as well, for this is where all vocations come from.
Let us pray therefore that all people may realise the sanctity of marriage as a sign that points us towards the eternal union of God and man, and that all Christians may work towards the preservation of the marital bond and the family, for when marriage and the family breaks down, so do our understanding of God as a communion of persons. Amen.
Give Thanks to the Lord for: Stamping in our bodies and our sexuality the grand revelation of the Most Holy Trinity.
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- Friday, June 29 - Keeping the faith
- Wednesday, June 27 - The golden rule of truth
- Question: What’s the connection between pre-marital sex and adultery?