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THE WORD THIS WEEK

By Bishop David McGough

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Proverbs 8:22-31; Romans 5: 1-5; John 16: 12-15 Within us all there is a sense of wonder, a deeply rooted sentiment that has the power to reach beyond the superficiality of the passing moment. It is difficult to describe the precise nature of such feelings and the events that trigger them. For some it may be the brilliance of the setting sun, for others the unspoken witness of selfless love. Such sentiments, when acknowledged, bring us into the presence of God, the wonder of whose being we celebrate on this feast of the most Holy Trinity.

The poetry of the Book of Proverbs delights in the beauty and symmetry of creation. Everything. from the majesty of a mountain range to the least grain of dust, points to the still greater wonder of the divine life that lies beyond the works of creation. As the author struggles to reach beyond his limited horizons he hints at a truly personal life hidden in God. Creation is more than a mathematical equation; it is a deeply personal act whereby a loving God enters into communion with the works of his creation. Long before any clear expression of the Trinity the Book of Proverbs hinted at the Creator in whose Son the whole of creation is embraced. While we can never fully penetrate the depths of God's being we can be surprised, even delighted, at the wonder of his being.

"From the beginning, before the earth came into being... I was by his side, a master craftsman, delighting him day after day, ever at play in his presence, at play everywhere in the world, delighting to be with the sons of men."

Jesus Christ, the Word that was with the Father from the beginning, the Word in whom we have our being, is the full revelation of God's life. The wonder of our being, the hidden self that struggles to reach beyond its isolation, finds its purpose and fulfilment in the life of the Trinity. This is the life to which Jesus alluded when he warned his disciples that there were many things that he had to say to them, things that would lie beyond their comprehension until they were revealed by the coming of the Spirit.

The truth that we celebrate in the Trinity is more than a proposition to be believed; it is a deeply personal life that engages the whole of our being. Jesus spoke of himself as the one to whom the Father had entrusted the whole of creation. "Everything the Father has is mine." We are not the by-products of a remote cosmic event. Each one of us has been entrusted by the Father to the Son. The Spirit of Truth that moves in our hearts leads us beyond mere wonder at the God of creation. This Spirit takes hold of our hearts, leading us to cry out with joy: "Abba, Father!" We, who are so insignificant in the presence of the God who existed before the mountains were settled or the earth brought forth, find our belonging in the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit..

It is only in the wonder of the Trinity that we appreciate the meaning of our salvation. In the words of St Paul it is through our Lord Jesus Christ that we are at peace with the Father. This hope is not deceptive, because the love of the Father has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.




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