Saturday, June 14, 2014
Holy Trinity Monastery perched on one of the many enormous rocks in Meteora, Greece.
This past year I have been thinking of the Most Holy Trinity in a way that has helped me with my daily centering prayer. This is by no means intended to be an explanation of the Trinity, but it hints at what It might be like and has helped me to grow closer to God.
In the First Letter of John the author says simply, "God is Love." God loves us and we love God. That Love is God's very self living within us.
Love coming towards us is like a father or mother, giving us life, nourishing us, caring for us. Love moving us towards God is like a son reconciling us to a father. Love remaining in the deepest part of who we are is like a spirit comforting us, inspiring us, and making us holy.
This is not just happening to us human beings. It helps me get a glimmer of understanding God's relationship with the universe. Love moves toward the cosmos in creating. Love reconciles the world to God. Love remains in the universe making everything good and beautiful.
To be truly Christian our prayer must be Trinitarian. We pray in the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Spirit, so it is crucial that we get some sense of what that means for us.