The Story of Our Lives
Fr. John Foley, SJ
“No matter what you have heard, it is not so hard to understand the Trinity. Simply think back to the great story we have been celebrating for many weeks.”
[Recall the readings from the Easter Vigil, tracing our salvation history:] “God the Father invited people on earth to a lasting and loving relationship with him and with each other. ‘I want to be your God and I want you to be my people. My love for you is tender and precious. Won’t you love me in return?'”
“Some understood and entered into the agreement. [Most refused.] Our refusal of God’s love became widespread. How did God react to such rejection?
“God tried a new and quite brilliant way. ‘Since I am all love and nothing but love, I will go out to them totally. As love does, I will become one of them. I will live humanity to its depths, and they will see love spelled out.’
“So God was born as a human called Jesus. He was the heart of God, now made flesh. One with the Father but different as well. And so the world knew about two persons in one God. Jesus told people to love God above all things and their neighbors as themselves.
“Before he left, Christ said to his disciples:
‘If you know me, you know the Father. After I go back, I will make a home in you by sending the Holy Spirit. This comforter will be the very love that I and the Father have for each other and for you. This way, I will be with you, until the end of time.’
“He was talking about the third person of the Trinity”
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