“He just reached for my hand and he held it.”

The Spirit who builds up communion in love
creates between us a new fraternity and solidarity,
a true reflection of the mystery of mutual
self-giving and receiving proper to the Most Holy Trinity.
— Pope St. John Paul II

[I wrote this originally for Trinity Sunday years ago]

The mystery of the Trinity means that God is One but not solitary, because love can never be solitary. This mystery of God was revealed to us to raise up in this world the very-same pattern of love among us. The Trinity is not a numeric logic puzzle to be solved but a truth to be entered in mystery and lived in reality. At the Last Supper in John’s Gospel, Jesus gives us a window into the Trinity that he opens to us and invites us to enter:

As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you; abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments,
you will abide in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and abide in his love.
I have said these things to you
so that my joy may be in you
and that your joy may be complete.

God is joy, and joy pulses at the heart of the Trinity precisely because God is love. Joy dawns in our angry, depressed and anxious world only when we abide in this love, make it our home, receiving it and then giving it all away.

Realize what we celebrate today is not an obtuse mystery, but a majestic gift and weighty demand.

2 comments on ““He just reached for my hand and he held it.”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh man! Punching me in the gut this morning… I went on to watch a couple more of the videos with Kayne and his family and blubbered my eyes out.
    It is a wildly windy rainy day today. I drove the two youngest to school lest they blow away and as I was driving home under the canopy of prostrating trees and reflecting on this post I was filled with remembrance of all the beautiful people who I have known and shared life with who have since died and this prompted both longing and tremendous gratitude for having had the gift of having encounteted the brilliance of their uniqueness, of witnessing how the Spirit creatively played out in each one, in their gifts and in their limits, in their unique incorporation. Thank you, God!

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