Friday, October 14, 2005

The Trinity Explained

Mark Shea and Jeff Cavins explain the Trinity in this morning's "Word of Encouragement" from Catholic Exchange, a real blessing for me since I can never really get a handle on the Trinitarian nature of God, let alone explain it to others. So, I'm very grateful for this:

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

The Trinitarian nature of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is hinted
at in the mysterious words of today's verse. For the image of God is
not fully expressed in Adam alone, but in Adam-and-Eve together.
Indeed, Scripture tells us -- after a relentlessly upbeat account of
creation which is repeatedly punctuated by the exclamation "God saw that
it was good... God saw that it was good... God saw that it was very
good" -- that there was one thing God saw that was not good: a human
being all alone. So God gives Adam to Eve and Eve to Adam just as the
Father gives himself completely to the Son and the Son gives himself
completely to the Father. Moreover, just as Adam and Eve together bear
fruit a new human life, so from the eternal love of Father and Son
proceeds the person of the Holy Spirit. In a mysterious way, Genesis
and the mystery of human love foreshadow something of the ultimate
reality behind the world: the love of the Blessed Trinity. Today, thank
God for the family, whether natural or spiritual, that God has given you
in his love as a school for heaven."