Daily Reflection – 5/17/2023
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you”( John 16:12-15)
Stop for a moment and humor me. If we were to portray the Trinity in a song, every one of us would immediately say: “I know that tune.”
But do we?
The mystery and the absolute power contained in the Christian belief in the Holy Trinity is enormous. Yet in its enormity, there is also a simplicity that can guide us and help deepen our faith.
It is important for us to know and understand that God is not just the transcendent Father in Heaven far away from us. We need to know that God the Son is willing to suffer and die for us. We need to know that God is always near to us in the Holy Spirit Think about it. Our God is in the heavens. Yet, he found a way to reach us in our everyday lives. The Father in the heavens, the Son bridging the gap between being God and being human, and the Holy Spirit drawing us to trust that God has bridged the gap and is near.
The Holy Spirit transcends time and space so that we can be with Jesus and the Father at all times. How? Simply because the Holy Spirit is the same substance and existence as the Father and the Son.
Being the Trinity means that God cares. Being the Trinity means that God wants to be active in your life and be near. He will never leave you orphaned. He will never leave you alone. How we access God is through prayer, which is talking and listening to God in the Holy Spirit. We access the active God through receiving the sacraments. We access the Holy Trinity by reading the Holy Word of God and by worshiping and doing things in his name for his Glory.
But professing our faith in the Triune God is not enough. We must live as if we truly believe what we proclaim. We have been saved by our Triune God and we are continually brought by this same God to a deeper appreciation of the truths of a life of faith. That life is one to be lived in union with God and with each other. The unity within the Trinity is the model placed before us today. That unity is central to our faith and to our life. Living a life of divisiveness and separation one from another is not living in the model of the Triune God given to us. The three divine persons work together for the salvation of all. So too, must we work together for the good of all, over and over and over.
Prayer of The Day
“Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and guide me into your way of truth. Free me from erroneous and false ways and lead me in the knowledge of your ways and your will for my life. May there be nothing in my life that is not under your lordship.”
Since God is the source of all truth, then the closer we draw to him and listen to his word, the more we grow in the knowledge of him and of his great love and wisdom for us. Jesus told his disciples that he would send them the Spirit of truth who will announce to you the things to come. Through the Holy Spirit, we proclaim our ancient faith in the saving death and resurrection of Christ until he comes again. The Lord gives us his Holy Spirit as our divine Teacher and Helper that we may grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God. Do you seek the wisdom that comes from above and do you willingly obey God’s word?