domingo, 15 de junio de 2014

The Cooperative Trinity

Scripture gives us a divinely revealed knowledge of God, we could not reach from any other Holy Book, or from a purely human wisdom.

What in the Genesis 1st.Chapter us appears as a mysterious allusion to the plurality within God (vv.26, 27) we again find in the Gospel of Matthew (chapter 28, verse 19) as a clear affirmation of divine pluriunity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
And this is not a human invention, but the way that God wants to be known and worshiped.

A mistake we must rule is to think that these "Persons" act singularly and unilaterally, when the testimony of Scripture always present them acting cooperatively, although the emphasis is on the Father (as on Creation)  in the Son (Redemption) and the Holy Spirit(Sanctification).
But again, we must never forget that always act cooperatively, which has important connotations in our family and social life.

The first reading and our own experience of the natural order, give us the consideration of the Father as a very original Creator, while majestic and attentive to detail.
God does not create a "flat" Cosmos, but endowed with aesthetic and moral qualities.
The basic consideration to keep in mind is that the activity of the Creator spreads and enhances life and places the Man, dual being: Male and Female, in a privileged position as helper needed (through his work) and oriented to contemplate and enjoy what God created and was perfected by them.

The second reading gives us a clear vision of Jesus, not only as the Messenger communicating and teaching-with authority-the Truth of God, but also as the Eternal Son who deserves the worship of the disciples and all who would believe their testimony.
The institution of Baptism reminds us of our inability to save ourselves by our own works and our radical dependence on God's grace.

Finally, the passage from 2 Corinthians shows us the "maternal" disposition of Paul available to members of a christian community generating controversy and "problems".

He tells he could severely disciplined them, based on the authority received directly from Jesus Christ, but prefers to rather harangue them in a loving tone.
This is a clear example of how the Holy Spirit acts in true believers: always moving to the understanding and apology regarding those "weaker" brothers.

Samples, therefore, a "cuddly" but not spoiling love, because St. Paul always leads the example of Christ, whose life is strong both within him and them, by the action of the Holy Spirit.

Author: José Luis Mira Conca