WEEK ONE: The Creed
DAY 3: A Family Resemblance to God (The Trinity)
To whom do you bear a family resemblance? It can be a physical resemblance or a personality trait that you share. As baptized Catholics, we are members of God’s family, made in his image and likeness. The question for us today is, “do we bear a family resemblance to our God?” Of course, we are not talking about a physical resemblance, because God is invisible. However, if we are indeed to bear a resemblance to God, it is important for us to know something about him! As Christians, the single most important thing that we know about God is that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the Trinity.
The Trinity, of course, is a mystery. We may not fully understand a mystery, but we can know a mystery. What we know best about the Trinity is that it is a community of Persons in loving relationship with one another, so intimate and so self-giving, that God is One. As God’s children, we are called to live in loving relationship with one another. Our truest identity is to be in communion with one another and with God.
Our belief in the Trinity is not an intellectual exercise—it is a relationship. To say that we believe in the Trinity is not to try to explain some complex theological concept, but is to say that we are loved by God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – whose very essence is self-giving love. Whenever you and I experience self-giving love, we experience the love of the Trinity. This means that the following moments in life are profoundly Trinitarian:
- When you wake up in the middle of the night to change your baby’s diaper.
- When you take some time at work to help a fellow employee get a better grasp of his or her responsibilities.
- When you check up on a neighbor who has been having a difficult time.
- When you interrupt your favorite TV show to take a phone call from a friend or relative who is lonely.
- When you spend time helping your child with homework after a long day at work.
- When you buy a cup of hot coffee for a homeless person you encounter on your way to work.
So, today, experience the Trinity by sharing (and receiving) self-giving love. And, if you do not do so already, begin your day each morning by prayerfully making the Sign of the Cross as a reminder to let your resemblance to God – self-giving love – show!
Reflection Questions: Choose one of the following questions and share your thoughts with your fellow retreatants by adding your comments in the comments box below this post.
- What does it mean for us to bear a family resemblance to our God?
- Who in your life most resembles God (exemplifies self-giving love)?
- What are 3 Trinitarian moments you’ve experienced in the last 48 hours (experiences of self-giving love)?
- What would you say to someone who claims that they can be spiritual but not religious (meaning that they feel they do not need to have a relationship with a congregation)?
- What does it mean to live as a people “in communion with” one another?
- Explain the following statement: “Our belief in the Trinity is not an intellectual exercise—it is a relationship.”
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
- God is Trying to Catch Our Attention
- God is There All the Time
- Finding God in All Things
- The Most Holy Trinity: A Union of Love
- Pope: Love of the Holy Trinity Engraved the Universe
CCC References: 232- 267
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