Sunday, 16 December 2018

Life is all about loving somebody

TRINITY Sunday is celebrated the day after tomorrow.

TRINITY Sunday is celebrated the day after tomorrow.

Chesterton once said that the Christian teaching of the Trinity was one of the reasons he believed Christianity was true.

If Christianity had been something just made up, it would have watered down the bizarre notion that God is one, but exists in three persons, in order to make it more palatable to sceptics.

We may or may not find it useful to use images such as water, which can exist as one substance in three forms: ice, liquid or gas.

Personally, however, I find C S Lewis helpful.

He says: “All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that ‘God is love’. But they seem not to notice that the words ‘God is love’ have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons.

“Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made [and God had no one to love], He was not love.”

God is not so much a problem to be solved by our minds but a mystery to be explored by loving the people in front of us. We need union, togetherness, relationship.

Why are the best moments in life when union occurs and the worst when we are alone? The answer, simply and profoundly, is in the mystery of the Trinity.

We are made in the image and likeness of the God who is relationship. Relationship is writ large into our DNA (so to speak). Every time we reach for a hug, we bear testimony to the Trinity.

We are who we are because God is who God is. St John of the Cross once said: “In the evening of life, we will be examined on love and love alone.”

If you want to know what life is all about, go and love someone today.

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