30 May 2015

CELEBRATE (AND IMITATE) OUR THREE-IN-ONE GOD!

TRINITY SUNDAY
deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; romans 8:14-17; matthew 28:16-20

multi-tasking is a way of life today... with many multi-function devicess to help us!
think about the 3-in-1 laser pointer-stylus-pen: you enter data into your pda, use the laser to indicate key points in your presentation, and then sign a contract! then there are the aio printers which print-copy-scan-fax. and today’s smart-phones do virtually everything! 
with all these multi-functioning devices, why is it difficult to accept the notion that one GOD can exist as three persons? (cf. rev. john h. pavelko)

our GOD is «multi-function»! it is proper to attribute the work of creation to the FATHER; the work of healing and redemption to the SON; and the work of guidance to the SPIRIT. three unique persons with three distinct functions.
further, these unique persons live in community. GOD is a family! the gospel according to john highlights the fundamentally social/communitarian nature of GOD (jn 1:18 speaks of the «son who is close to the father’s heart.» jn 10:30 reads «my father and i are one.» in five other places, JESUS uses the absolute «i am» which recalls exodus 3:14, where yahweh revealed his name to moses). the greek fathers use the word «perichoresis» to describe this loving communion of the trinity. the word may be defined as a «dancing together»! 

what are the implications of the doctrine of the trinity for us?
created in the image and likeness of a trinitarian GOD, we have similar attributes! 
first, we are unique; we want to be recognized and accepted as individuals. we don’t want to be clones. 
second, we desire to be in community/communion. this is achieved not by negating/denying differences, but by respecting and nurturing our diversity and blending our differences.
third, like the FATHER, we are called to be creative persons, and to contribute to the building up of our family, church, community, nation and world. like the SON, we are called to reconcile and mend broken relationships. like the SPIRIT, it is our task to uncover truth, to dispel ignorance, to teach. 

how will i live out the doctrine of the trinity in my life: will i respect myself and others as unique persons, and form communion and community by blending differences? will i become a creative contributor, healer and guide?