Friday, June 1, 2012
God Beyond All Names
The chapter on the Most Holy Trinity in Elizabeth Johnson's profound book, Quest for the Living God,
is a treasure trove of ways to think about the Trinity. We never take literally anything we say about God. The title of the hymn gets it right: "God Beyond All Names."
We know God from the way God has acted in history, taking on human flesh to save us and remaining with us in Spirit. The real, living God is the God whom Israel knows as creator and deliverer, the same God whom Chritians know as Savior in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the same God whom we know now within us and within our world.
This one God is a lasting embrace of love, always loving me and saving me, always reaching out through me to love and serve others. These are mere words I use to try to get some grasp of what will always be Mystery beyond words.