As we reflect on the Holy Trinity this weekend, we are reminded of the three different persons contained in one God. We also call to mind that the three form a communion of persons, God fully present in each and no one person acting or existing without the others. As the Father creates, the Son saves, and the Spirit leads us to the truth of our being, made in God’s image and likeness and called to participate in the work of creating and saving the world in many varied ways.
Often we are reminded that others show us the face of Jesus. Certainly in the faces of the poor, we do see Him and should be moved to care. The Gospel is clear that any care that is given to the least is just as powerful as love shown to God himself. It is certainly a humbling thought. But, for today, as we marvel in the varied persons of Trinity, perhaps we should look around and consider the face of God made apparent in each person around us. After all, each of us is made in God’s image and likeness. Certainly we can then see God in everyone, even those who do not look needy. Do you know someone creative, a life giver, one who is always providing for others? You are seeing God the Father in them. Do you know someone who is always saving the day, calling others to love, giving what they have? You are seeing Jesus the Savior in them. Do you know someone filled with wisdom and understanding, charity, strength to overcome? You are seeing the Spirit of God in them. Look around, see the face of God in those around you (and yourself). And remember, just as the three persons of the Trinity are always together and indivisible, His image is present in some measure in each of us. Just because someone is full of the Father’s creativity, does not mean they do not have some measure of the Spirit’s wisdom. Unlike God, who is perfect and the fullness of each person at all times, we are imperfect beings and have been created with more gifts in one area than others.
There is beauty in this imperfection in our characters. What we lack, others have in abundance. This variety does not mean one is better than the other, but causes us to come together to support each other. As we do that, we become a communion of persons, brought together by the image and likeness of Him who is the perfect communion of persons.
Oh Most Holy Trinity, undivided unity. Holy God, Mighty God, God Immortal be adored!
Note from Father Jason
May 22, 2016