Bishop Barry Wood OMI confirmed tertiary students from KZN and DUT campuses at Emaphethelweni Dominican Priory on Saturday 27 September 2014.
At once let us see and acknowledge the scriptural foundation of our Trinitarian, Christian, faith. To do this with any degree of success we must start with the Book of Genesis which tells us that before the world began there was chaos, an abyss, over which the Spirit of Godhovered. Then we remember that it was the
WORD of God that created. God said let there be …. and there was … and it was good.
Now read TODAY’S FIRST READING [PROVERBS 8: 22 – 31] in its entirety. We will see very clearly that the Son of God was right there, participating in the Father’s creative work. “Then I was beside him, like a master workman.” FATHER, SON, AND SPIRIT – there, working together, from the very start“before the beginning of the earth.”
Then, take a look at what Saint Paul has to say in
THE SECOND READING [ROMAN 5: 1 – 5]. “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ … because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” How often do we forget entirely that we are all baptised in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit? In addition, through Baptism we are marked out, branded, as members of a believing community of faith – the Church, the People of God, the Body of Christ.
We go on to note what
TODAY’S PSALM  has say about us as human beings – words which are a splendid summary of our Baptismal calling and challenge (and the work for which our baptisms have marked us out). The psalmist writes: “what is man that you should keep him in mind, the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him little lower than angels; with glory and honour you crowned him, gave him power over the work of your hands.” WOW ! What a calling this is. How often do we actually stop and consider who and what we are? Then, remind ourselves that, as GENESIS tells us, we are created in the image and likeness of God.
If, as we believe, this is the case then our baptisms in the name of the Trinity indicate that we have within ourselves the breath of a God who is all of Father, Son and Spirit.
TODAY’S GOSPEL [JOHN 16: 12 – 15] records Jesus saying, “all that the Father has is mine”. He also speaks of “a Spirit of truth (who will guide us) into all the truth … declare it to you …. take what is mine and declare it to you.”
In the light of all that has been said so far the question to reflect on and challenge us should be obvious. How in fact do we, as Trinitarians, shape up to the marking of our lives as images of the fullness of the community life and living which IS our Christian God?
Yes, the Trinity is said to be the great Christian mystery. Yes, our God is in some real way a
mystery. What has to be avoided is our making this mystery mysterious. We believe in the mystery of God but we do not believe in a mysterious God. We should not forget that each one of us, without exception, carries our own mystery (I prefer the word secret) within us. However, most of us do not respond positively to a mysterious person. Our God has his secrets. So do we.
On Trinity Sunday we are reminded of the need to become living images of our God in the manner in which we reveal and share our secret.
So, in what way do I exercise my
PARENTING ROLE? Do I strive to parent the various communities and groups that I live with and care for – empower and set them free to be what each one should and could be and not be clones of me? Then, are my words CREATIVE? Do they build or destroy, encourage or diminish? Do they help to make things happen? Finally, am I a GIFTING person? Do I giftmy family, friends, staff and teammates with the means to become richer, more confident and contributing people?
Our God is a parent, a creator and a giver. I must reproduce that image and mystery