In the first creation story in the Book of Genesis, we read the words:
“Then God said,
‘Let us make man in our image and after our likeness …’
and “So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.”
This day, we have been celebrating the feast of the Most Holy Trinity – we, who are all images of God, are specifically images of the Most Holy Trinity. It is a mysterious truth, yet true it is: so much so, that it is in fact our very salvation. Can we know what it means?
For many saints of the past, they understood that to gaze on God – to contemplate Him – gave them insights into who they were themselves. And when we in our own lives take time to think about God, today’s feast reminds us that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – pure relation – so perfectly Love, so wholly and completely giving Himself in love, that He abides in and with Himself in joy and delight and love … constantly. The Father in the Son; the Son in the Father; the Father and Son in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit in the Father and the Son.
Who are we? Where can we find God?
The wonder of the Blessed Trinity for us, is that we are invited in Love to share in this inner life of God. We have received grace to know that for us God is personal and profoundly intimate, utterly and foolishly in love with us, with the love He pours out in Himself – Father to Son; Son to Father; in the Holy Spirit.
In today’s Gospel we heard Jesus say to Nicodemus;
“God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.
… For God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world,
but so that through Him the world might be saved.”
The Most Holy Trinity, in Whom is our faith, is – as far as can be grasped in this life – intimate, infinite love, deeply personal – and He is also for us … for you.
God sent His Son into you
He loved you so much
that He gave His only Son.
For God sent His Son into you
not to condemn you
but so that through Him
you might be saved.
Today’s feast reminds us that our search for God should not cause us to wander far or blindly – for Jesus is in you – and where He is, there also is the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Let us not refuse to believe in the name of God’s only Son, for He alone can complete us and make us whole – and being in the image of the Blessed Trinity, we need to turn to Him for help to be the love that He is – and with His grace .. we can be love, as He is Love.
What a far more amazing world this would be if we could keep it in mind!