Educating for the Lived Gospel #137

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Cor 13:13)

What we now call the Trinity was part of the faith of the earliest disciples of Jesus, but it took the early Church more than four hundred years to be able to put appropriate words on that faith. It is still easy to get tripped up in definitions. For me, the Trinity describes human reality. We are made in the image and likeness of a God whose basic nature is relationship – the mutual in-dwelling of Father-Son-Spirit or Creator-Redeemer-Sustainer. This helps to explain our need for relationship – we are made in the image of God who is relationship. It also shows us why we need community. When we are in community we glimpse more of God’s face – we are sustained in community.

Our role is to help young people glimpse the reality of the Trinity in their lives. Help them to reflect upon and see the people who love them as they are, the relationships that give them freedom to grow, the communities who sustain them, as manifestations of God who says to each of us not “I love you when…”, nor “I love you if…” , but “I love you!”

Have a great week!
Patrick

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