On this Trinity Sunday, I was thinking that I would meditate especially on the second reading. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”” (Rom 8:14-15). If you are attentive I believe you can hear your heart cry out to the Father. It feels like a longing that goes beyond words. It often is a desire to love and be loved, to know the truth, to see the beautiful, a desire that is so large that no human being can fulfil it. It can also feel like a profound longing to rest in the love that God alone can provide.
Thus, if we are to talk about the Trinity, perhaps one of the more profound angles is to understand how knowing the trinity affects our lives.
Holy Spirit: When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us, He give us hope to live a life that is filled with meaning. God works within us, transforming us from within, giving us a purpose so that our joy might be complete. When we take the time to pray, the Holy Spirit takes root in our souls and begins to transform us.
Son: The Holy Spirit leads us to partake in the Body of Christ. Our life is transformed, for we begin to detach from everything in this world. Money, fame, relationships, etc. all start to become less important or second. By detaching from the things of this world we conform ourselves to the life of Christ. Through prayer, fasting and alms-giving we let go of the old person we were and embrace the new.
Father: United to the Body of Christ, we do what Christ does. We call out “Abba, Father”. We dare to call God our Father, and even more we learn to pray as Jesus prays, in saying “Our Father, who art in heaven…”. When we long for peace, or perfect love; we are searching for the truth or we want to gaze upon the beautiful, these are all in us because our hearts are made for the Father. The beauty of God alone can satisfy us, the truth of God alone can answer all our questions, only in the love of God can our hearts rest.
The Christian interior life is profoundly Trinitarian. I hope that you can experience this transformation. Invite the Holy Spirit into your heart every day this week, so that you might be united to Christ. Through Christ may you discover the purpose of your life.